China Enacts “National Sword 2017” Crackdown On Plastic Wast DATE: 2017-11-27 11:13
Title: China Enacts “National Sword 2017” Crackdown On Plastic Waste Imports
The China Scrap Plastics Association said in a statement that the nation has enacted heightened measures to crack down on plastic waste imports.
Some regard this campaign as the second Green Fence.
Plastics News has the story:
“Some regard this campaign as the second ‘Green Fence,’” said Steve Wong, CSPA executive president, referring to a 2013 crackdown seen as China’s biggest to date on waste imports.
“While plastic recycling can sometimes be one of the industries responsible for pollution the government’s intention is to crackdown on all recycling operations without proper controls and facilities,” he said in the statement. “This policy will become a ‘new normal’ for China in the future.”
The newest campaign, called “National Sword 2017,” began with a government announcement Feb. 7 and is expected to last one year.
Another Chinese industry group, the recycling committee of the Beijing-based China Plastics Processing Industry Association, said that Guangdong Province and other areas have been “seriously affected,” with companies concerned about imports stacking up at ports and some importers facing “survival challenges.”
And the newest E&T report:
Waste exporters are currently panicking because “their method of recycling has been to shove it in a container and ship it to somebody else to make it their problem,” he told E&T.