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A statement has been issued by BIR which warns that China has banned certain recyclable materials from being imported into the country.

In a statement to its members, BIR said: “According to our sources in China, there has been a temporary stop of certain scrap import approvals since 1 June 2017. This does not affect shipments authorised before 1 June, but affects scrap on the restricted import catalogue, such as : waste, parings and scrap of plastics; other waste paper or paperboard, incl. unsorted waste and scrap; mixed waste metals; waste electric motors; waste wires.

“From 1 July 2017, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection has set up 60 inspection teams that will work throughout July to inspect and review all Chinese companies importing waste and scrap into China.

“BIR is closely monitoring the situation and will keep you informed on any further developments.

“No formal import ban has been announced yet.

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