China set for paper restrictions; Thailand plans six industrial waste estates; Ethiopia sets $45m export revenue target
Paper exports face new China restrictions
Chinese companies are expecting more restrictions on wastepaper imports in early 2015 following a proposal circulated in August by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) that reflects a growing emphasis on environmental protection.
Under the proposal, the MEP will cancel automatic import licensing, according to Chinapaper.net, an information provider for the Chinese paper trade. Three types of wastepaper that used to benefit from automatic import licensing will face new restrictions. They are unbleached craft paper or paperboard or corrugated paper or paperboard, paper or paperboard made mainly of bleached chemical pulp, not coloured in the mass, and paper or paperboard made mainly of mechanical pulp, for example, newspapers, journals and similar printed matter.
Industrial waste estates to be set up in Thailand
Thailand is poised to build six new industrial estates to accommodate waste management businesses. The project, in a move to properly treat waste from manufacturing, is in the initial stages. The Industrial Works Department has been assigned to come up with a plan for industrial estate investment and regulations to tackle illegal waste treatment.
Ethiopia eyes $45m export revenue from textile products
The Textile Industry Development Institute of Ethiopia has set a revenue target of $435m from textiles and clothing exports this fiscal year. The country earned $11m from the sector last year.
Project for Tunisian textile sector launched
The International Trade Center (ITC) in conjunction with the Tunisian Ministry of Trade and Handicrafts and partner institutions has launched the HOW-TEXHA project, backed by investment from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs. Around 100 Tunisian textile and clothing SMEs will be helped to to improve their international competitiveness during the first phase until 2017. The project focuses on overcoming challenges, strengthening the value chain, diversifying markets for export, and penetrating new markets.
NWRA issues concern over transfer station legislation
Concern has been raised in New York about proposed transfer station legislation that would cap the percentage of waste that can be managed in any one district. The National Waste & Recycling Association of US has urged the city council to re-think the bill, saying it amounts to a hidden tax. If the bill passes, waste disposal costs would rise up to $100m, according to the association. The law would also see reduced recycling capacity.