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China to ban imports of scrap plastics

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 20/07/2017 (17:31)
According to media reports, China announced on July 18 that the country will put a ban on the imports of scrap plastics, which are expected to include PET, PVC, PE and PS, by the end of the year in order to protect community health and the environment.

However, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) complained that the ban would harm the global recycling industry. Hong Kong, Japan and the US are the three biggest scrap plastics exporters to China and imports of 7.3 million tons of waste plastics corresponding to $495 million were made in China last year, according to International Trade Centre.

It was also reported that, in parallel to this development, by mid-July about 590 of inspected 888 factories in China were determined to violate the rule and 383 factories were obliged to suspend their production.
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