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China Looks to Ban Solid Waste Imports and Crackdown on Smuggling in the Sector

China is to ban the import of 24 types of solid waste deemed to represent a particularly high risk of environmental pollution. To this end, the Ministry of Environmental Protection has informed the World Trade Organization of its intention to cease all such imports before the end of 2017.

In a related move, the State Council has recently issued its Implementation Plan for Prohibiting the Entry of Foreign Wastes and Promoting the Reform of the Solid Waste Import Management System. In addition to the outright ban on the import of certain solid wastes, the plan also looks to phase out the import of a number of other solid wastes by the end of 2019, with the resources then freed up reallocated to tackling domestic waste issues.

Additionally, the plan seeks to further restrict the illegal entry of foreign wastes, with a particular focus on ending all instances of foreign waste smuggling. In line with this, steps will be taken to establish greater responsibility on the part of waste producers, while increasing the overall rate of solid waste recycling across the country and accelerating the development of a solid waste recycling system.

For further details (in Chinese), please refer to the following websites:

Implementation Plan for Prohibiting the Entry of Foreign Wastes and Promoting the Reform of the Solid Waste Import Management System

Solid Waste Imports Curtailed as China Prioritises Environmental Protection

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