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China Officially Announces Its Intent to Ban Scrap Imports

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.” While no further details are given on the specific materials to be included in the ban, the statement describes the environmental concerns the government hopes to address by preventing imports of solid waste into China. Read the full announcement in English and in Chinese.

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