Representatives of Resolute Forest Products are asking Queen's Park for help, as they battle with American producers for access to U.S. markets. Resolute says they have $100 million in duty deposits sitting in Washington, and there's still no agreement on softwood lumber. The last deal expired in the fall of 2015, and new terms weren't included in the recently negotiated USMCA. Resolute Forest Products says their carbon footprint is down 76 per cent since 2000, and they don't want to see new rules from both federal and provincial governments. In their delegation to the finance committee of the legislature earlier this week, the company spokesman noted they had invested $250 million in the province, and they employ more than 4,000 workers. Click read more below for additional detail.
To kick 2019 right into high gear, GP Harmon Recycling is changing its name to Georgia-Pacific Recycling. The change directly reflects the business being part of a large, stable and respected organization.
Changing the name comes at a time of significant disruption in the recycling industry.
“While the Harmon name is well-known in the marketplace, more formally adopting the Georgia-Pacific name reflects that we are committed to being a preferred partner in the recyclable commodity industry,” said Marc Forman, president – Georgia-Pacific Recycling. “To say that the recycling industry is experiencing a lot of change is an understatement; our new name reflects that we are a stable company with a commitment to innovative solutions.”
The most impactful change has been China’s decision in 2018 to significantly lower the allowable limit of imports of contaminated recycling materials, such as greasy pizza boxes or paper mixed with plastic. China has long been the world’s largest importer of recyclable materials. The strict change has created issues to solve, like what to do with material China will no longer accept, and opportunities for new innovations for players in all aspects of the industry.
Given the disruption in this export market, industry experts believe this will be a long-term issue. The U.S. will need to seek out new markets for recyclables and find ways to reduce contaminants in materials.
more at: https://www.gp.com/news/2019/02/georgia-pacific-harmon-is-now-georgia-pacific-recycling