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Fleet Program - The National Rural Water Association has created partnerships with the Ford Motor Company and the Chrysler Group  to offer special fleet discounts to State Rural Water Associations and their utility system members.

Quality On Tap! - “Quality On Tap – Our Commitment, Our Profession” is a nationwide, grassroots public relations and awareness campaign designed especially for the drinking water industry.

Water University - Ready to renew your UMC certification? 

Rural Water Loan Fund - The RWLF provides low-cost loans for short-term repair costs, small capital projects, or pre-development costs associated with larger projects.

WARWS is a member of the National Rural Water Association (NRWA).

The National Rural Water Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to training, supporting, and promoting the water and wastewater professionals that serve small communities across the United States.  The mission of NRWA is to strengthen State Associations.

Learn more about WARWS & NRWA initiatives by visiting the NRWA web site.

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United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development
Lorraine Werner | Community Programs Director
U.S. Department of Agriculture
PO Box 11005 | Casper, WY 82602-5006
Phone: 307-532-4880
Lorraine.werner@wy.usda.gov
website: www.rurdev.usda.gov

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Brian Mark
State Revolving Fund Principal Engineer
Wyoming Water Quality Division
122 West 25th Street #4W, Cheyenne WY 82002
Ph. 307-777-6371
bmark@wyo.gov
website: http://deq.state.wy.us/wqd/www/srf/index.asp

Wyoming State Land Investment Board (Slib)
Beth Blackwell
Grants & Loans Manager
State of Wyoming
Office of State Lands & Investments
122 West 25th Street #3W, Cheyenne WY 82002
phone: 307-777-6373
website: http://lands.state.wy.us/

Wyoming Water Development Commission
Harry LaBonde, Director
Harry.labonde@wyo.gov
6920 Yellowtail Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002
Telephone: (307) 777-7626
Fax: (307) 777-6819
website: http://wwdc.state.wy.us/

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1595 Wynkoop Street DENVER, CO 80202-1129
Phone 1-(800) 227-8917


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October 11, 2017

During September, we learned that China’s Ministry of the Environment (MEP) is not renewing waste import licenses. As a result, material has started to pile up in Hong Kong (a major port of entry) and a handful of US municipal recycling programs have already begun to make adjustments in the materials they accept in response to the uncertainty created by the looming ban and new contamination standard. Market prices, particularly for paper, dropped significantly in September, with market observers linking that decline to the Chinese actions.  

Along with other stakeholders, SWANA has met with the US Department of Commerce, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and the US Environmental Protection Agency about the ban, the contamination standard, and their potential effect on local recycling programs across the United States.  

In response to our concerns, the waste import ban and related issues were raised in late September meetings in China among Commerce, USTR and MEP representatives, and at a WTO committee meeting last week. However, it is unclear whether China will consider any changes to the proposed import ban or contamination standard. To date, MEP has been reluctant even to clarify some questions about the affected materials and applicable contamination standards. SWANA will continue to press the waste sector’s concerns with federal officials and others, and continues to monitor this dynamic situation closely.  

What Should State Agencies Do?  

Be prepared for increased market volatility, which is likely to drive greater uncertainty among your stakeholders. SWANA suggests state agencies take the following steps: 

1.
Communicate with local governments, industry partners, generators, and other interested parties about the current disruption in recycling markets.

2. Educate all stakeholders about the importance of generating high quality material. China’s ongoing efforts to limit the amount of contamination in material imports -- dating back to the 2013 “Green Fence” -- highlight the need for recyclers to produce high quality material.

3. Renew efforts to encourage waste reduction and the development of alternative domestic markets for recyclable materials. Both have the potential to reduce reliance on Chinese markets. 
4. Review current and contemplated recycling goals and regulations in light of current market conditions.  

We will continue to monitor developments domestically and overseas, and will provide additional information as warranted. Some recycling programs in the United States have recently experienced reduced market prices for their material, and continued volatility can be expected in the short term. 
 

SWANA remains committed to recycling and resource management, and to working with members and partners at the local, state and federal levels to improve and expand recycling programs in the United States. If you have any questions, please free to contact me at dbiderman@swana.org or 240-494-2254. 


Sincerely, 

David Biderman                                                                                      

Executive Director & CEO

Solid Waste Association of North America

Our Mission

The mission of the Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems is: To provide the assistance necessary to meet the needs of our membership and to ensure the protection of Wyoming's water - "Our Most Precious Resource".

By providing on-site, one-on-one technical assistance and training we can help the State's operators with their commitment and their profession of providing "Quality on Tap!".

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