WTO told of ban on im­ported waste

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

speed up the re­cy­cling of do­mes­tic waste be­cause the Chi­nese pub­lic ob­jects to im­ported waste.

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment is step­ping up the fight against pol­lu­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion, as decades of fast growth have sad­dled the coun­try with air and soil pol­lu­tion.

In April, a re­form plan to im­prove the man­age­ment of solid waste im­ports to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and pub­lic health was adopted by the Cen­tral Lead­ing Group for Deep­en­ing Over­all Re­form, a group led by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping.

The Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion launched a month­long cam­paign on July 1 tar­get­ing pol­lu­tion caused by the pro­cess­ing of im­ported waste.

The min­istry an­nounced on Thurs­day that it had in­spected 1,162 com­pa­nies as of Mon­day, and 751 of them — or 65 per­cent — were guilty of en­vi­ron­men­tal vi­o­la­tions.

It also noted that in­spec­tors had sug­gested plac­ing all the vi­o­la­tions on file for in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion.


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