The UK recycling sector is in limbo following China’s announcement that it will be seeking a ban on the import of all scrap plastics and unsorted waste paper, a move that some recyclers have said could cause ‘chaos’ in meeting recycling targets and a rise in packaging recovery note (PRN) prices.
Notifying the World Trade Organisation (WTO) of its decision, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection said it envisages the action on ‘foreign garbage’ to be in place by the... More
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At least 30 people have died and rescue efforts are continuing following a landslide at a landfill site in Sri Lanka, which destroyed nearly 80 homes – the second major landfill disaster in as many months.
The BPF says action on waste imports in China gives the UK an opportunity to drive up quality on recyclable materials, after more details were released about the crackdown of illegal shipments of waste into the country.
China has established a year-long crackdown on the illegal smuggling of foreign waste, as it also continues to reject poorly-sorted legitimate shipments, sending 160 containers of contaminated paper recycling back to Ireland.
Businesses have backed the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, supporting a report outlining the potential for more than £9 trillion in benefits, and called on the UK government to help reach the global targets.