China to ‘gradually’ introduce measures to ban import of foreign recyclable material

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Li Ganjie at the 13th National People's Congress recently
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Chinese Environment Minister Li Ganjie has said that the country will take a 'gradual' approach to reducing the import of foreign solid waste.

The renamed Minister of Ecological Protection said in a press conference that his department, previously known as the Ministry of Environmental Protection, had found in inspections last year that 60% of the 1,792 import enterprises inspected had brought illegal waste into China.

He added that the country implemented the bans on plastic and mixed paper, and tighter restrictions on other materials this year, and "further measures or adjustment would be taken gradually".

Last year, the Chinese . . .

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