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China ups clampdown on low quality UK paper

Chinese customs authorities have intensified their crackdown on poor quality soft mixed papers sent from Britain, according to a leading supplier of recovered fibre.

Paul Briggs, managing director of Nottingham-based Mark Lyndon Paper Enterprises UK says hundreds of containers are in quarantine in the country’s ports and already earmarked some for return.

The Chinese quality inspection authorities are said to be clamping down on mixed papers contamination levels at unacceptable levels.

Briggs said there were unconfirmed reports that inspectors were limiting contamination levels to about 1-2% maximum.

“Most but not all of the problem material is from MRFs in the UK,” he told MRW.

Studies conducted by Mark Lyndon showed, he added, that the UK has “the worst soft mixed of all” when assessed alongside other supplier countries.

“Now that Chinese customs inspectors have intervened, the issue has been forced. We believe this level of enforcement is permanent and not just a temporary clampdown,” said Briggs.

He is concerned that the material rejected in China will end up in other countries in Asia where they have “little in the way of an inspection regime”.

“I know of suppliers who leave fines or put fines back into the mixed. This has to stop if suppliers want to continuously move their products. Collectors and sorters need to have a good rethink on quality and produce what the market requires.”

Readers' comments (2)

  • Looks like the Chinese are finally getting fed up with paying for steak and getting hamburger. This development is even more important now that MRF gate fees are falling making the price of output materials key to the economics of co-mingled collections and mechanical sorting systems.

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  • Please identify the area the good stuff and bad stuff come from. Generalisations damage the whole industry and discourage recovery......

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