December 15, 2017
The Association has revealed this week that it is concerned at the “potential chaos” which could ensue over recycling imports in the wake of China’s restrictions.
A meeting between the American Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and Chinese Government officials has “highlighted potential chaos over recycling imports”, according to Simon Ellin.
The Recycling Association chief executive has been “working closely with colleagues from trade bodies around the world” in the wake of the announcement of China’s import ban and restrictions. This has included organisations such as ISRI, European Recycling Industries’ Confederation and Bureau of International Recycling among others.
ISRI has now revealed that a meeting it had with Chinese officials recently has “brought about lots of areas of further concern over the import ban and new restrictions on allowed imports.”
According to Simon Ellin, these concerns include:
Simon Ellin said: “The discussions ISRI has had with the Chinese Government highlight a lot of concerns we have had that the ban and greater restrictions on imports is being implemented too quickly.
“Clearly, as much as we in the UK, US and elsewhere do not have enough time to adapt, this is also the case with the Chinese agencies at the other end. This suggests there could be chaos until everyone is able to adapt or ideally a much longer time period is given for us to prepare.
“Until we get to the bottom of some of the areas of uncertainty, The Recycling Association, like ISRI, is reminding its members and the wider recycling sector of the need to keep material exceptionally clean, take more photos than were required previously, and be prepared that even this material can be rejected.
“With the World Trade Organisation consultation ending on Friday 15 December, The Recycling Association will continue to lobby for a relaxation of standards or alternatively a delay in implementation, until all stakeholders are prepared.”
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