Zurik reportedly hidden in scrap sent to China

Jul 17, 2013 | 01:45 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  nonferrous scrap, zorba, zurik, operation green fence, stainless steel scrap, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — Some exporters have begun "salting" loads of lower-grade nonferrous auto shred, known as zorba, with shredded nonferrous sensor-sorted scrap, known as zurik, in an attempt to get around regulations at Chinese ports, sources have told AMM.

Zurik, which is comprised mainly of stainless steel, insulated copper wire, aluminum, copper, lead, magnesium, nickel, tin and zinc, is largely regarded as a banned material under China’s stepped-up enforcement of existing regulations on solid waste imports, known as Operation Green Fence (amm.com, June 12).

"People are running zurik into zorba and hoping they don’t get caught," one exporter said. "They are trying to find their way around Green Fence, and mixing seems to be an option some sellers are exploring."....

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