Once China's plastic ban is implemented, a large n

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Once China's "plastic ban" is implemented, a large number of factories in the United States will close down

it is rumored that China may ban or strictly restrict the import of recycled materials, and waste plastics may bear the brunt. An American Recycling Association said it would pay more attention to this

at the reception on June 13, the Washington based waste recycling industry association (ISRI) said it would attach great importance to it and revealed that the plastic restriction order would be launched in early 2018

Robinweiner, President of ISRI, has repeatedly said that the ban is just a rumor, but it was widely circulated at the annual conference of the European Waste Recycling Association (BIR) held in Hong Kong at the end of May. Weiner and other ISRI executives attended the forum After the bir meeting, the ISRI delegation went to Beijing to meet with Chinese government officials for more details. Weiner claimed that since China is the largest export market of U.S. waste, they briefed the staff of the U.S. Embassy on their concerns about the industry

adinareneeadler, senior director of government relations and international affairs, said: "we take these rumors seriously. Although rumors continue, they have not been officially confirmed."

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she said that the association and its party had met with officials of the General Administration of quality supervision, inspection and Quarantine of China, which oversees import and export business, in Beijing

Adler believes that although he did not make specific comments on the rumors of the ban during his meeting with the Chinese government, he may have hinted at it

Weiner said it was not clear why plastic was identified as the most likely prohibited material. She speculated that it might be because of the negative reports on material processing in China

this may be related to the documentary "plastic kingdom", which has attracted attention at North American and European film festivals, and it is reported that Chinese government officials have paid attention to and watched the film. The film takes small plastic processing plants in Shandong Province as the starting point, and shows the serious pollution problems caused by China's plastic recycling industry

she continued that China may also be trying to promote the development of the domestic waste collection industry

According to Weiner, it seems that the focus of Chinese government officials is not the quality of imported goods, but the demand of domestic industries for imported high-quality waste. "Interestingly, the focus does not seem to be on imported goods, but on domestic processing, which is worth pondering again," she said

adler said that ISRI learned that the prohibition period is basically more than five years, and from January 2018, plastics may bear the brunt. In a year or two, it will be mixed metals, followed by high-value metals in three to five years

Weiner also said that the Ministry of environmental protection of China would lead the preparation of the text of the new regulations, but ISRI was unable to hold talks with the agency

isri said that another official announcement would be announced in July. ISRI believes that the ban seems to have nothing to do with the "national sword" action, which aims to combat smuggling and the import of low-quality recycled materials, and was launched by the Chinese government in February. ISRI originally planned to visit China to learn more about "Guojian". ISRI believes that the "national sword" activity is similar to China's "hedge" action against waste import in 2013, but the ban may be different. Joepiccard, chief economist of ISRI, said: "more rumors indicate that the ban may be more severe."

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he said that the recycling industry is turning to other countries. Affected by price factors, home is the export destination, including Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Latin America and the Middle East. However, ISRI believes that these markets are difficult to easily replace China, and any ban will have a significant impact on American industry. ISRI is working with the U.S. government and European recycling organizations to put trade cooperation with China on the agenda and plan countermeasures

Weiner said, "we believe that if" China's composite industry has a galloping development in the past 210 years, and the comprehensive ban has officially come into force, it may reduce the trade volume worth 5.6 billion, thus affecting the employment of tens of thousands of people in the United States, and a large number of factories will close down as a result. "

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