CCIC managing director Shouyun Huang has confirmed to delegates at this year’s REB Recycling Summit that mixed paper and non-industrial-sourced plastic scrap will be banned from China next year.
He also said that China has yet to confirm a possible reduction to the level of contamination from 1.5% to 0.3% on the import of materials that are still able to be exported to the country.
Speaking at the conference, the managing director explained how by the end of 2017, one of the main objectives for China is to ban the import of waste that is detrimental to the environment.
He continued to say that by 2018, there will be a reduction of ports that can import waste materials, and by 2019, China aims to stop importing waste that is replaceable by domestic resources.
The Import Waste Catalogue, which was released in August, and highlights that unsorted waste paper and textile materials are banned, will not actually be implemented until the end of the year.
He revealed that both mixed paper and plastic scrap were moved to the prohibited catalogue in August to come into effect on 31 December 2017, but this was not part of the consultation on GB standards and means that these materials will definitely be banned.
With the consultation on the GB standards still to be confirmed for those materials that are still allowed, many delegates at the conference had questions surrounding the possibility of the 0.3% level changing again, as the ban is still under consideration.
Shouyun Huang replied to the delegates by saying that we have to wait for the potential regulations to be implemented at the end of the year to find out, but until then, the 1.5% level is still in place.