China's 'Green Fence’ talk of ISRI convention

Apr 15, 2013 | 06:02 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  Operation Green Fence, scrap, Adam Minter, Robert Stein, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Alter Trading, China Certification and Inspection Group, CCIC Sarah Peng

NEW YORK — U.S. scrap metal exporters are increasingly concerned about China’s stepped-up supervision of scrap shipments to the country. While many believe that the program, commonly referred to as "Operation Green Fence," is a temporary initiative, others believe that the country will continue to strengthen its environmental regulations.

"China has a duty and a sovereign right to protect its environment and its citizens from hazardous materials," Robert Stein, president of the Bureau of International Recycling’s nonferrous division and senior vice president of nonferrous marketing at St. Louis-based Alter Trading Corp., said during a speech at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ annual convention and exposition in Orlando, Fla. "These regulations come at a cost to shippers, and it adds a level of administrative oversight and burden that can, for a number of reasons, be problematic to the efficient movement of our scrap." ....





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