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India implements strict import controls

The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests has issued inappropriate new regulations controlling the imports of recyclables according to the Bureau of International Recycling.

Despite constant efforts from the BIR with support from BIR ambassador for the Indian sub-continent Ikbal Nathani, the Ministry has decided to class some Basel Convention non-hazardous wastes as hazardous.

Materials now subject to the new regulations include all ferrous and non ferrous metal scrap. Electrical materials scrap that is not contaminated, mixed non ferrous scrap, heavy fraction scrap not contaminated, metal bearing wastes from smelting and refining, mill scaling from iron and steel manufacture and all paper and cardboard waste. 

A statement from the BIR said: Questions have already been raised at the European Commission and with the United Nations Environment Programme, as the incompatibility of these new unilateral measures with the EU shipment regulations and the Basel Convention (who do not consider the above materials to be hazardous) are obvious.

When importing these materials to India, firms are now required to produce pre-shipment inspection certificates, issued by an inspection agency and fill in extra paperwork.

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