Market rumors that China may ban or strictly limit the import of recycled materials, and waste plastics may bear the brunt of this, the United States a recycling association that will increase concern.
At the press conference on June 13, the Waste Recycling Industry Association (ISRI), headquartered in Washington, said it would pay great attention and disclose that the plastic limit was to be launched in early 2018.
ISI President Robin Weiner has repeatedly said that the statement on the ban is only rumors, but in the European Waste Recycling Association (BIR) at the end of May at the annual general meeting in Hong Kong widely circulated. Weiner and other ISRI executives attended the forum.
ISRI said the rumors originated in the April 18 issue of the Chinese national presidency Xi Jinping held a high-level panel discussion made a statement, calling for more stringent measures to limit the import of waste, and put forward health and environmental problems. Some of China’s recycling industry officials also explained that the announcement was the dominant factor in the import ban.
After the BIR meeting, the ISRI delegation went to Beijing to meet with Chinese government officials for more details. Weiner said that given China as the largest US export market for waste, they briefed the US embassy staff about industry concerns.
Adina Renee Adler, senior director of government relations and international affairs, said: “We take these rumors seriously, although the rumors continue, but not officially confirmed.
She said that the association has a pedestrian in Beijing met with the supervision and import and export business of the Chinese State Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine officials.
Adler believes that during the meeting with the Chinese government, although the specific comments on the ban rumors, but may have been implied.
Weiner said it was not clear why plastic was the most likely to prohibit the material. She speculated that it may be because of China’s domestic production of materials on the negative reports.
This is related to the documentary “The Kingdom of Plastics”, which has received attention at the North American and European Film Festival, and it is reported that Chinese government officials have watched and watched the film. The film to Shandong Province, a small plastic processing plant as the starting point, showing the plastic recycling industry in China caused serious pollution problems.
She went on to say that China may also be trying to push the development of the domestic waste collection industry.
Weiner believes that it seems that the focus of Chinese government officials is not the quality of imported goods, but the domestic industry for the import of foreign high-quality waste needs. She said: “Interestingly, the focus does not seem to be imported goods, but the domestic processing problems, it is worth trying to try to figure out.”
Adler said, ISRI was informed that the ban period is basically more than 5 years, and from January 2018 onwards, plastic may be the first to bear the brunt, a year or two later, will be mixed metal, followed by three or five years after the high value of metal.
Weiner also said that the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection will lead the preparation of the new text, but ISRI can not talk with the agency.
ISRI said there is a formal announcement to be announced in July. ISRI believes that the ban appears to have nothing to do with the “national sword” action, aimed at combating smuggling and imports of poor quality materials, launched by the Chinese government in February. ISRI’s initial plan for China is to learn more about the “national sword” information,
ISRI believes that the “national sword” activities and China in 2013 for the import of waste “hedge” action similar, but the ban may be different. “More rumors suggest that the ban may be more severe,” said Joe Pickard, chief economist at ISRI.
He said the recycling industry is turning to other countries for export, including Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Latin America and the Middle East market. However, ISRI believes that these markets are difficult to easily replace the location of China, and any one ban will have a significant impact on US industry. ISRI is working with the US government and the European recycling organizations, with China’s trade cooperation on the agenda, planning countermeasures.
“We believe that if the full ban comes into effect, it may reduce the trade volume of $ 5.6 billion, which will affect tens of thousands of jobs in the United States and the collapse of a large number of factories,” Weiner said.
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