China bans waste industrial plastics too

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After banning almost all plastics at the beginning of this year, the Chinese Government has now announced it will ban the remaining ones that were allowed too.

From 1 January 2018, only post-manufacturing plastics were allowed to be imported into China, but now these will too be banned from 31 December 2018.

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They are among 32 new categories of solid waste that will be banned at the end of this year and from 31 December 2019.

It signals a progressively tougher approach from China, and will raise fears in the recycling market that more bans could be on the way.

The full list of materials to be banned is:

From 31 December 2018

No. Customs commodity number Waste     matter     name     say Jane        says Other requirements or notes
1 2618001001 Granular slag from smelting iron and steel containing mainly manganese, with manganese content >25% (including slag sand) Granular slag produced from smelting steel containing more than 25% manganese  
2 2619000010 Rolled steel oxide scale Rolled steel oxide scale  
3 2619000030 Slag steel produced from smelted steel containing more than 80% iron Slag steel produced from smelted steel containing more than 80% iron  
4 3915100000 Ethylene polymer waste scraps and scraps Ethylene polymer waste scraps and scraps, excluding aluminum plastic composite film Industrial sources of waste plastics (refers to thermoplastic scrap, scrap and defective products produced during plastics production and processing of plastic products)
5 Aluminum plastic composite film
6 3915200000 Styrene polymer waste scraps and leftovers Styrene polymer waste scraps and leftovers
7 3915300000 Waste and scrap of vinyl chloride polymer Waste and scrap of vinyl chloride polymer
8 3915901000 Polyethylene terephthalate scraps and scraps PET scraps and scraps, not including waste PET bottles (bricks)
9 Waste PET Beverage Bottle (brick)
10 3915909000 Other plastic scraps and scraps Other plastic waste scraps and scraps, not including waste disc broken materials
11 Waste disc broken material
12 7204490010 Waste car pressure parts Waste car pressure parts  
13 7204490020 Recycling steel-based waste hardware appliances Recycling steel-based waste hardware appliances  
14 7404000010 Recycling copper-based waste motors (including waste motors, wires, cables, and hardware) Recycling copper-based waste motors, etc.  
15 7602000010 Recycling aluminum-based waste wires (including waste wires, cables, and hardware appliances) Recycling aluminum-based waste wires, etc.  
16 8908000000 Dismantled ships and other floating structures Hulk  

 

From 31 December 2019

No. Customs commodity number Waste   matter   name   say Jane          says Other requirements or notes
1 4401310000 Wood chips Wood waste  
2 4401390000 Other sawdust, wood waste and debris  
3 4501901000 Cork waste Cork waste  
4 7204210000 Stainless steel scrap Stainless steel scrap  
5 8101970000 Tungsten scrap Tungsten scrap  
6 8104200000 Magnesium waste and scrap Magnesium waste and scrap  
7 8106001092 Other unwrought scraps Scrap scrap  
8 8108300000 Titanium scrap Titanium scrap  
9 8109300000 Zirconium scrap Zirconium scrap  
10 8112921010 Unwrought scraps Scrap scrap  
11 8112922010 Unwrought vanadium scrap Vanadium waste and scrap  
12 8112924010 Scrap scrap Scrap scrap  
13 8112929011 Unwrought scraps Scrap scrap  
14 8112929091 Unwrought rammed, scrapped scraps 镓, waste materials  
15 8113001010 Granular or powdered tungsten carbide scrap Granular or powdered tungsten carbide scrap  
16 8113009010 Other tungsten carbide scraps, except particulate or powder Other tungsten carbide scraps, except particulate or powder  

 

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