Xinhua reported this week on a wide-ranging policy statement by the Central Committee of China's Communist Party that was released on June 16 and that outlines the Chinese government's overall strategy for reducing pollution across the country.
The statement, unofficially translated as "Good Pollution
Prevention and Control Strategy," discusses the path towards President
Xi's envisioned "Ecological Civilization" of a nation free of
pollution. The "Five in One" policy talks about understanding the
causes for China's environmental crisis, the vision for a "harmonious
coexistence of man and nature," strengthening the party's leadership and
government's resources to battle the crisis, pollution reduction targets and
how to promote a greener lifestyle among the people.
scrap trade, the statement notes the following (as unofficially translated): "China has completely banned the
entry of foreign garbage, cracked down on smuggling, drastically reduced the
number and types of solid waste imports, and strives to achieve zero imports of
solid waste by the end of 2020."
believes this to be a reaffirmation of policy statements made in 2017 rather
than a new policy or a new ban, although we are in the process of confirming
that. The nuances of the Chinese language, coupled with a wider understanding
of China's overall environmental policies and motivations, give us clues that
China's market continues to close to scrap imports because of an intent to
fulfill their own resource needs through domestic generation. The statement
comes amid the completion of the government's reorganization and outlines the
mission of the new Ministry of Ecology and Environment.
is no doubt that China's import restrictions continue to create many challenges
for the recycling industry, especially given the short transition time. But this
statement confirms that the restrictions are here to stay. ISRI is
continuing to aggressively monitor all that is happening in China so as to
provide the latest information to members and will provide updates as soon as
additional information is available.