How China’s foreign waste ban has spurred the recycling industry

How China’s foreign waste ban has spurred the recycling industry

By Katrina Yu, SBS News, 4th February 2018

‘At the beginning of January, China banned foreign waste imports, including waste paper, textiles, plastics and certain types of metals.

While the measure sent shockwaves through the international waste processing industry, environmental activist Ma Jun told SBS News the ban was a positive step for China.

“It caused serious secondary pollution,” Mr Ma said.

“Local service providers were not complying with the law, and the materials they were receiving weren’t up to certain standards, making it even harder to process the waste in a clean and environmentally-friendly way.”’

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