Vanden Recycling’s managing director David Wilson has warned that it is possible that China may decide to ban imports of waste plastics.
Speaking at last week’s Secondary Commodity Markets Conference in Oxford, he warned that China may require extremely high standards of reprocessing to allow only plastic flake or pellet from recycled material into the country.
This would require the rest of the world “kitting up” to provide the required material to China.
He said: “It is not inconceivable that China says many of our environmental problems come from the import of plastics, so let’s forget it.
“President Xi Jinping said China should have less import of foreign scrap. As far as we are aware, this is the first time this has been said. And it is important who said it. It was the President.”