Countries impose new import restrictions as a result of China ban

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Countries including China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Poland have all announced plans to further inspect the quality of materials sent to them

There needs to be a ‘relentless focus’ on improving the quality of recycled materials as countries impose new import restrictions and consider potential new regulations, according to the Recycling Association.

Countries including Vietnam, Indonesia and Poland have all announced plans to further inspect the quality of materials sent to them.

Recycling Association chief executive Simon Ellin says this is a direct response to the Chinese import restrictions which has led to the countries being flooded with material.

He said: “Once the Chinese ban came in, some people thought it wouldn't be a problem as other destinations were taking this material. But as we warned at the time, it wouldn't be long before other countries started to respond with tougher regulations. We are now seeing this happening.

“In the UK we have responded really well to the Chinese ban…but we shouldn’t rest on our laurels as the latest news shows, but be relentless in our focus on improving the quality of UK material.”


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