China’s State Council has announced it will phase out imports of solid waste.
The government will work out a new management list for imported solid waste, and forbid importing heavily-polluting materials, such as household plastics, unsorted waste paper and textile residue, by the end of 2017. Then by the end of 2019, it will stop importing waste that can be replaced by domestic waste, and will slash the types and amount of to-be-imported solid waste.
The government announced it will improve international cooperation to prevent the smuggling of foreign waste, and will launch a joint crackdown at a later time. It also pledged to increase domestic waste recycling to 350 million tons by 2020, up 100 million tons on 2015 levels.