Sport China halts solid waste imports

11:00  28 november  2020
11:00  28 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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BEIJING (Sputnik) - China will introduce a total ban on the import of any solid waste starting at the beginning of 2021, the Chinese Ecology and Environment Ministry said on Friday.

China began importing solid waste as a source of raw materials in the 1980s and for years has been the world's largest importer , despite its limited capacity in garbage disposal. Some companies illegally brought foreign waste into the country for profit, posing a threat to the environment and public health.

La décision de la Chine en 2018 de cesser l'importation de déchets plastiques a suscité le chaos sur le marché mondial du recyclage. © Getty Images China's 2018 decision to stop importing plastic waste has caused chaos in the global recycling market.

As of January 1, China will ban the importation of all solid waste into its territory. These were still authorized after the phasing out of several other recyclable materials as part of an environmental policy plan introduced three years ago.

This is the epilogue of an environmental program launched in 2017. Its objective: prohibit the importation and treatment in China of 24 categories of waste from abroad, in particular plastics, auto parts, paper, textiles, steel or wood scrap.

With its plan called "National Sword", China had over the months imposed restrictions, refusing certain types of waste among the least recyclable. From January 1, the ban will therefore apply to a final category: solid waste. For nearly forty years, the Chinese giant has been importing waste to process it on its territory.

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This page includes a chart with historical data for China Imports of Solid Waste ( waste Plastics, Waste Pape. China Imports Beat Forecasts to Hit Record High. China Exports Hit All-Time High in September.

Photograph: CHINA DAILY. China on Wednesday announced banning all kind of solid waste imports as of January next year. “The dumping, stacking and disposal of solid waste from overseas is prohibited from Jan 1, 2021,” the ministry said in a statement to Chinese daily Global Times.

By closing its borders, China has caused an accumulation of waste in exporting countries, mainly Western , but also an avalanche of waste towards countries in Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, the Philippines or Indonesia , which today in turn refuse to become the trash cans of the planet.

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