China cracking down on waste imports

Mar 13, 2013 | 02:49 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  China scrap, exports, imports, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — China is taking a harder line on imports of solid waste, with shipments facing increased scrutiny and supervision from Chinese customs officials, sources have told AMM.

"They are calling it ‘Operation Green Fence,’" a Chinese importer said. "Beginning (this month), they told us that things would be much stricter. There are different standards for every port of entry, but they have made it very clear that if the material is no good, they will reject it. They are very serious about it."

The current restrictions date back to a 2006 report issued by China’s State Environmental Protection Administration listing banned items found in nonferrous scrap, including "radioactive wastes, explosive arms and ammunitions, such as discarded bombs and shells, wastes containing polychlorinated biphenyls, and other wastes listed in the National Catalogue of Hazardous Wastes."....

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