The Chinese Government has announced a clampdown on the importation of scrap plastic, according to reports.
According to a report by Plastics News the country’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Commerce, announced a ban on imports of unwashed, post-consumer scrap to take effect from 1 October.
The new regulations reportedly also ban:
- Transferring imported waste to a company other than what is allowed by the import license, including sending the materials to vendors for washing services;
- Selling unwashed leftover plastic materials after sorting and processing imported plastic scrap;
- Selling unwashed leftover plastic materials after sorting and processing imported scrap paper.
Other measures restrict uses of recycled plastics and tighten material handling practices.
The news comes as paper exporters adjust to a tightening of quality inspections of mixed paper at Chinese ports which have left containers quarantined with some reportedly sent back to the country of origin.
Recyclate exporters believe China is keen to tighten environmental standards, including control of scrap material imports, to clean up its international image.