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China to make good threat to ban all solid waste imports in 2021

CHINA, ending off years of tightening curbs, will ban all imports of solid waste from next year after spending decades as the world's largest processor of recyclables, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment has announced

06 July 2020 - 19:00

CHINA, ending off years of tightening curbs, will ban all imports of solid waste from next year after spending decades as the world's largest processor of recyclables, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment has announced.

The move is 'a landmark decision in the construction of China's ecological civilisation,' ministry spokesman Liu Youbin said, reports Caixin. From 2021, the country will stop accepting and approving solid waste import applications from overseas, he said.



China began importing large quantities of plastics, paper, metals, textiles and other waste in the 1980s to plug shortages of raw materials. But environmental pollution and an unwanted reputation as a global dumping ground prompted the government to clamp down on the practice.



The policy, known as 'National Sword,' fueled a more than 99 per cent year-on-year decline in scrap plastic imports between 2017 and 2018, according to government statistics.


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