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Indian Government Modifies Ban of Importation of Plastic Scrap

Earlier this year, the Indian Government imposed a ban on the importation of certain types of plastic scrap including ethylene, styrene, polypropylene, and polyethylene terephthalate, among others into the country.

The original intent of the ban was to help the India grapple with the immense litter problem that has gripped the country. The effect of the ban, however, was to cast the Indian export market in doubt leaving many recyclers scratching their head and looking for new outlets for their material.

On July 6 of this year, the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change amended this rule to allow plastics to be imported into special economic zones established in several areas of the county.  While a complete list of the plastics that are included in rule are too numerous to be listed here, they are listed in ScheduleVI, B3010 of the complete rules. 

The amendment lays out certain conditions for the material to be imported. Materials bound to the country for disposal are still banned. The amendment modifies this rule and allows plastic material bound for recycling, recovery, reuse, and utilization to be imported.  Furthermore, the import of plastics is not allowed to businesses located outside of a special economic zone. 

While this modification of the rule appears to be good news for recyclers looking to import plastic scrap into the country, the impacts of the change are yet to be fully realized.  As such, ISRI will continue to monitor the situation and report any additional developments as they occur.

For more information on ISRI’s international efforts to support the plastics recycling industry please contact Eric Harris.

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