China to Impose Complete Ban on Import of Waste Plastic in 2019

Connector Spring 2018

China will completely ban the import of waste plastics with effect from January 1, 2019, as part of the government’s initiative to improve the environment of the country.

The newly set up Ministry of Ecology and Environment – with enhanced powers to regulate and address environmental issues – announced the prohibition of solid waste imports on April 19, 2018.

Earlier in April, the ministry of Ecology and Environment, the Ministry of Commence, the Development and Reform Commission, and the General Administration of Customs shifted the industrial source waste plastics from the “limited import solid waste plastic catalogue” into “prohibited import solid waste catalogue”.

The new policy means that China will totally prohibit the import of waste plastics after initial restrictions on April 18, 2017, industry sources said.

China imported 2,788 tonnes of waste and scraps of polyethylene and wastes and scraps of other plastics from January to February.

Source: ICIS News