(Yicai Global) April 19 -- China has again adjusted to list of solid wastes banned from import, prohibiting a further 32 types of refuse, the ecology and environment ministry said on its website today.
Sixteen types of waste, including computer hardware, compressed car scraps, end-of-life ships, smelting slag, and waste plastics from industrial sources, will be banned from import beginning Dec. 31, per a joint decision by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Ministry of Commerce, National Development and Reform Commission and General Administration of Customs.
Another sixteen types, including stainless steel and titanium scrap, and wood scraps, will also be excluded starting Dec. 31 next year.
Formerly the world's largest importer of foreign waste, China forbade the import of foreign refuse in July, ordering a huge drop in the volume and types of solid waste imports, and announcing the prohibition of waste bioplastics (i.e. those from renewable biomass like vegetable fats and oils and corn starch), unsorted scrap paper, discarded textiles, vanadium slag and other kinds of waste by the end of last year.
US officials voiced concern over China's decision to stop imports of waste from other countries at the WTO Council for Trade in Goods meeting in March, saying that China's import restrictions on recycled commodities have fundamentally disrupted global supply chains for scrap materials. The US claimed China violated its WTO obligations and demanded it immediately halt implementation of the new measures.
Prohibiting imports of foreign waste is a new measure taken by the Chinese government to effectuate its new concept of development, improve environmental quality and safeguard people’s health, and is one which its people firmly support. US officials are hypocrites for taking exception to China's legitimate actions, said Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Editor: Ben Armour