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China News

  • The Chinese Government has released its draft revised “GB 16487” Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imported Solid Wastes as Raw Materials, seeking comments from selected industry groups before the rules become effective by the end of the year.
  • In a detailed policy announcement on July 27, the Chinese government outlined its goals for tying import restrictions to improving domestic "recovery and reuse of domestic solid waste."
  • Following on its notification to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Government of China officially announced on July 21, 2017, it has "banned the importation of 24 categories of solid waste such as waste plastics, unsorted waste paper, waste raw textile materials, and vanadium slag that pose very high risk of environmental pollution."
  • On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intent to ban the import of certain scrap materials by year end. Among the items included on the list are most scrap plastics ("including polymers of ethylene, styrene, vinyl chloride and PET..."), mixed paper and slags and drosses.
  • National Sword 2017

    POSTED Feb 08
    China's Xinhua News Agency reported on February 8, 2017 that China's General Administration of Customs would launch a one-year campaign to crack down on illegal smuggling of "foreign waste," including industrial waste, electronic waste, household waste and plastic waste, according to the report.

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Regulations of the People's Republic of China

Law on Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution Caused by Solid Waste
November 7, 2016
Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress

Measures on the Administration of Import of Solid Waste
April 8, 2011
Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Commerce, National Development and Reform Committee, General Administration of Customs, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ)

Regulations for Scrap Imports Usable for Raw Materials, No. 119
August 21, 2009
General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ)

National Catalogue of Hazardous Wastes
June 6, 2008
Ministry of Environmental Protection

Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imported Solid Wastes as Raw Materials (GB 16487)
The complete set of standards are available in English and Chinese. A breakdown of standards for a specific material can be found on the CCICNA website.
2005
General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ)