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Recategorisation Sees 24 Solid Waste Variants Face Import Ban

Under revised regulations with regard to the management of solid waste, 24 solid waste variants have been recategorised and shifted from the Catalogue of Restricted Import Solid Wastes that Can be Used as Raw Materials to the Catalogue of Solid Wastes Banned from Import. The affected solid waste products are drawn from four different categories – plastic waste from living sources (eight variants), unsorted scrap paper (one), waste textile materials (11) and vanadium slag (four).

The recategorisation, which comes into effect as of 31 December 2017, was jointly announced by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Commerce, the National Development and Reform Commission, the General Administration of Customs and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. The move follows an earlier call by the State Council to tighten the overall management of solid waste imports.

For further details, please refer to the following websites:

Announcement on the Issuance of the Catalogues of Imported Wastes Management (2017) (in Chinese)

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

Solid Waste Imports Curtailed as China Prioritises Environmental Protection (in English)

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