China says its Green Fence Operation has improved the quality of imports of recovered paper, boosting profits for the domestic paper-making industry.
A rare release from the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China says Hangzhou authorities have assessed 5.9 million tonnes and blocked over 3,200 tons, with 11 anti-smuggling cases filed for investigation, according to the statement.
Contamination levels of imported recovered paper dropped by between two and four percentage points.
Papermills in nearby area of Fuyang earned some 40 to 65 Yuan (£4-£6.50) more on each ton of imported waste paper “due to the lower moisture content and less in the quantity of foreign substance”, for a total gain for the local paper making industry of 70m Yuan.
A Fuyang customs official named Wang is quoted as saying: “The foreign suppliers realise now we will say ‘No’ to those waste paper cubes whose classification is confusing, and we will no longer accept those which contain foreign substances.
“Obviously, Green Fence, the national campaign to fight against solid wastes smuggling starting from the beginning of the year  has a positive effect on making those paper cubes ‘cleaner’.”
There are no official indications of whether the operation is set to continue in 2014, but the UK recovered paper industry expects the higher import standard to be maintained.