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Chinese Restrictions on Waste Imports Could Affect Manufacturers

Posted February 23, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report)

China has tightened restrictions on imported wastes in recent years and could further expand those restrictions in the near future. The government’s aim is to significantly reduce the variety and amount of waste imports and to refine waste recycling procedures. These measures could have a disruptive impact on companies that use such materials as inputs for production.

Effective Dec. 31, 2017, China moved 24 types of solid wastes from the list of those that may be imported for use as raw materials to the list of those banned from importation (see full list below). This change affected four categories of wastes, including plastic waste from living sources, unsorted scrap paper, waste textile materials, and vanadium slag.

China also tightened the requirements for importing solid wastes that can be used as raw materials as of Dec. 15, 2017. Affected products include metal-bearing waste arising from the melting, smelting, and refining of metals; waste, parings, and scrap of plastics from industrial sources; recovered (waste and scrap) paper and paperboard; metal and metal-alloy wastes (in metallic, non-dispersible form, not including powder, sludge, dust, or solid waste containing hazardous liquid); and mixed waste metals, compressed pieces of scrap automobile, and waste vessels. Click here to read more.