China’s Scrap Import Ban: A Shift in Global Plastics and Metal Recycling Industries

China's Scrap Import Ban: A Shift in Global Plastics and Metal Recycling Industries

After almost a year of initiating the ban to stop 24-types solid waste import into China, Beijing recently announced that they will be officially expanding the list to 32-categories by the end of 2018. Effective December 31, the newly added items include stainless steel scrap, titanium scrap, wood scrap, used hardware, ships and auto parts. The latest legislative actions indicate that China is committed in its strategic war against environmental pollution by controlling the levels of impurities in the waste products that are imported into the country. This report explores the impact of scrap import ban, particularly on plastic and copper scraps, and the wider impact on industries relying on these materials for their supply chains.

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