How to Cope with China's Ban of Scrap Plastic Import?

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  • #3645

    april sun

    As you know, China will strictly implement “ban of scrap/waste plastic” from the beginning of 2018. If some people still think it is just a dead letter as previous years, then the “Blue Sky” action of China Customs verified 138,500 tons scrap plastic and destroyed 5 criminal groups who smuggle solid waste, which shows the “ban of scrap/waste plastic” is not a joke.

    Just the same as the Chinese government’s determeination and actions on the anti-corruption issue, the environmental protection is absolutely true this time.”we want both golden, silver hill and lucid waters, lush mountains as well; we prefer lucid waters and lush mountains to golden, silver hills, cause lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets”, which is instructed by Chinese president Xi Jinping at 2017 National People’s Congress on environmental issues.

    One side is the policy adjustment, and the other side is market demand.There is no place to go for half of the world’s garbage, and it makes the whole industry chain into chaos. How should we do? Making quick choice is the only way.
    1. Looking for new places to import scrap materials, such as China’s neighboring countries or other developing countries.In fact, the “ban of scrap/waste plstic” is not a sudden.Many Chinese enterprises have changed processing places to other countries, which have little limit with importing scraps, and this also lead to huge import demand.

    2.Upgrading waste processing equipment to meet the requirements of the Chinese government on imported materials. Improving waste quality and reducing pollution level could share the pollution factor of importing countries at a certain extent.It is also the basis for waste recycling to promote recyclable economy.

    The above two ways have their advantages and disadvantage. Choosing other export channels could only solve the temporary problem, cause waste garbage is indeed difficult to be processed,and it will led to heavy pollution. In the global day, all the leaders aware that China’s today is their tomorrow if they still allow to import scrap materials. The reason why China wants to change its policy is that the environmental pollution in China has reached a very serious stage. In the future, the pollution rate of all countries will certainly be faster than the previous ones. Therefore, the capable countries will soon issue relevant policies to restrict the import of waste materials. in December 2017, Vietnam has issued the No. 155/2016 /ND-CP Decree, which has raised the administrative penalties for violating the environmental protection laws and regulations.Thus, new export channels may be cut off at any time.

    Then upgrading the processing equipment has become an inevitable trend in this industry. With the development of science and technology, there are already many specialized machines that can be used for the sorting, cleaning and decontamination of garbage, and various forms of waste disposal machines are manufactured by the principles of optics, chemistry and physics, such as cleaner, crusher, granulator. Meanwhile, the Chinese government also does not completely restrict the import of waste materials, and it is clear that processed waste granules could continue to be imported.

    Thus, look for new export chanels and upgrade your equipment, and then you will be NO.1 in this scrap revolution.

    If you have other thought or demand, please feel free to contact with us. We will be very appreciated.

  • #3664

    I’m a little confused here. You talk about the ban on importing plastic and in the same sentence you jump over to waste material as if the two items are one in the same.

    Most (not all) scrap “plastic” material is recyclable. Admittedly, the recycling of plastic is not that efficient and leaves much to be desired. What further confuses the issue is the word “plastic” is really a “catch-all” phrase and can mean just about anything.

    Plastic is a word that originally meant “pliable and easily shaped.” It only recently became a name for a category of materials called polymers. The word polymer means “of many parts,” and polymers are made of long chains of molecules.

    Here’s some food for thought, half of all plastic was made in the last 13 years and global plastic resin production has increased by about 620 percent since 1975.

    Not sure what China is trying to accomplish by restricting the import of scrape plastic. If the wast management system that China puts in place is geared towards the proper handling of waste plastics and a concentrated effort on recycle what plastics they can with continued research into more efficient recycling techniques, then land based plastic waste is not an unmanageable problem.

    The real threat and problem with most plastic is the “single use” products like soda bottles, bottle caps, plastic bags, takeout containers, drinking straws and the fact that plastics are NOT biodegradable. Plastic is broken down into smaller particles by sun light called microplastics but it never goes away.

    Unfortunately a large amount of the single use plastics products end up in our oceans and mismanaged waste disposal appears to be the primary culprit. In 2010, according to Jambeck’s research, over 50 percent of waste in more than 60 countries worldwide was found to be inadequately managed, mostly due to a lack of waste management infrastructure coupled with ballooning populations. In China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines ― which were identified in a 2015 Ocean Conservancy report as the top five plastic-polluting nations in the world ― the amount of mismanaged waste was closer to 75 percent or more.

    China seems to have decided that instead of instituting a proper program of waste management to keep the waste plastics from ending up in the ocean they instead have decided to just ban the import of waste plastic. China has not addressed the problem but instead decided to take the less costly approach and just not allow the material in.

    But here’s the insanity of that line of thinking, like it or not, plastics are an integral part of our lives and will always be around. Even though China may no longer import waste plastic, they are still a major user of plastic products and still at the top of the list as the number one plastic-polluting nation in the world. Not importing waste plastics will never change that fact.

    Instead of taking a half-ass approach to the problem, China needs to overhaul it waste management system and practices nation wide. I don’t have an issue with China not importing any waste plastic products but I do have an issue with their lackadaisical approach to waste management. It’s a serious problem that is effecting every living thing on the face of this planet.

    China, clean up your own house and start acting like a responsible member of the world community. Instead of ignoring the problem and continuing to be the number one plastic-polluting nation in the world, clean up your act and start being a team player, not a world polluter!

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