The Recycling Association (RA) had developed an export quality control scheme for paper material heading to China.
It has worked with CCIC London – a third-party certification and inspection organisation affiliated to China Certification & Inspection Group – to meet Chinese paper export requirements.
The country now requires 100% inspection of containers before dispatch, and the scheme gives an additional inspection regime at depots to ensure material meets Chinese specifications.
The RA said some countries had seen their recycling exports to China subject to significant delays and costs because of inspections.
But the UK had quickly improved quality to meet China’s 0.5% contamination limit, and so had been given the opportunity to develop a new process to meet the inspection requirements.
Companies that wish to participate can add the quality control system to existing ones and make results available to CCIC London through an app. The scheme might be adapted for exports elsewhere in future.
Non-participants would see CCIC London physically inspect all consignments to China.
The next stage of the partnership will involve the development of blockchain technology to provide transparency on inspection data and export paperwork.
Once implemented, the depot, exporter, shipping line, CCIC London, UK environment agencies, end destination customs authorities and the purchaser would be able to see the data associated with a load, but competitor companies could not.
RA chief executive Simon Ellin said: “With other export destinations also increasing their quality requirements, this control system will prove to be beneficial to exporters in ensuring their material meets the rules of the export destination.
“We are confident the UK will increasingly be seen as a country that provides the best possible product to the end destination.”
CCIC London managing director Shouyun Huang said: “We are very pleased to have worked in partnership with the RA to develop this quality control scheme that will meet Chinese inspection requirements while maintaining high-quality fibre exports to China.”
CCIC London and the RA will be holding five regional seminars to explain the system:
- 26 November: London
- 27 November: Manchester
- 28 November: Glasgow
- 29 November: Bristol
- 30 November: Wolverhampton