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China accreditors join UK recyclers

The organisation that carries out pre-inspections for accreditation of secondary materials for export to China has joined the Recycling Association (RA).

The RA said its new member, the UK division of China Certification & Inspection Group, CCIC London, demonstrated “the increasingly close working relationship” between exporters of recyclable material to China and its enforcement agencies.

RA chief executive Simon Ellin said: “A number of our members are exporters, and by having CCIC London as a member of the organisation, it means that we can engage in dialogue to ensure that we are sending the best quality material possible to China as well as meeting its regulations on out-throw.”

CCIC London managing director Shouyun Huang said it had been working with the UK recycling industry for over ten years and had developed a good relationship with the RA and many of its members over that time.

“By becoming a member of the association, we can support its efforts to step up the quality of material for export from UK to China,” he said.

“This is also important not just for meeting Chinese Government regulations, but also to ensure Chinese buyers of material continue to recognise the UK as a premium destination to buy recyclable materials.”

The development was backed by exporter Cycle Link International, whose holding president, Lai En said links between China and the UK “continue to get stronger all of the time”, enabling exporters to improve the quality of their material.

“By improving quality, we are also protecting the future of the UK recycling sector by ensuring that Chinese mills will always look to the UK as a key market, especially as it increasingly has a number of different countries to choose from, as well as its own growing domestic market,” Lai said.

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