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Stringent New Solid Waste Import and Reprocessing Regulations Adopted

New regulations regarding the import of solid wastes and their subsequent reprocessing into raw materials have been introduced by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection. These updated requirements – The Administrative Environmental Protection Provisions on the Restricted Import of Solid Wastes For Reprocessing as Raw Materials – came into effect on 15 December 2017 and have been designed to bolster the import management system for all such materials.

In particular, the Provisions highlight five priority requirements that any such importer must comply with:

  • Any enterprise applying to import restricted import solid wastes must directly engage in the processing and utilisation of all such wastes and must be a legally-established entity approved to process and subsequently utilise such materials
  • The importer must operate from appropriate premises and have in place all of the equipment and pollution control/monitoring facilities required to ensure compliance with the relevant national and local environmental protection standards
  • The importer must be in possession of a Pollutant Discharge Licence and strictly adhere to its stipulations
  • The importer must have in place sufficient safeguards to ensure the local environment remains free from imported solid waste pollution. These safeguards should include a system for monitoring/recording the processing and utilisation of all such wastes, as well as a day-to-day environmental monitoring regime.
  • Any enterprise that has been penalised for a transgression of the laws relating to the import of solid wastes over the past two years or that has incurred no penalty from such a transgression over the past 12 months will be deemed ineligible to import/process such wastes.

For further details, please refer to the following links:

Announcement on the Issuance of the Administrative Provisions on Environmental Protection for Restricted Import Solid Wastes That Can Be Used As Raw Materials (in Chinese)

Recategorisation Sees 24 Solid Waste Variants Face Import Ban (in English)

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