China still aiming for zero imports of foreign solid waste by the end of this year

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Chinese President Xi Jinping
Chinese President Xi Jinping

The Chinese Government has said it is still planning to stop imports of foreign solid waste by the end of 2020.

In a report published by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment that is an implementation interim evaluation report on the Thirteenth Five-Year Plan for Ecological Environmental Protection, it states that China strives “to basically implement by the end of 2020 zero import of solid waste”.

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There has been some talk in the recycling industry that some paper grades might be reclassified as a renewable resource by the Chinese Government and this would allow some imports of the very highest quality material to continue. However, this has yet to be confirmed.

The Thirteenth Five-Year Plan for Ecological Environmental Protection was published in November 2016 and was guided by the “ecological civilisation thoughts” of President Xi Jinping.

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