China will block range of pol­lut­ing ma­te­ri­als, get tough on smug­gling

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By HOU LIQIANG houliqiang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s en­vi­ron­men­tal watch­dog con­firmed on Thurs­day that it has no­ti­fied the World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion about a ban on the im­por­ta­tion of 24 types of solid waste, which will take ef­fect at the end of this year. It also said it will get tough on waste smug­gling.

By the end of 2017, China will for­bid the im­por­ta­tion of cer­tain waste plas­tics, vana­dium slag, un­sorted wastepa­per and cer­tain tex­tile ma­te­ri­als, the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion said in its WTO fil­ing, which was sub­mit­ted on Tues­day.

“To pro­tect China’s en­vi­ron­men­tal in­ter­ests and peo­ple’s health, we ur­gently need to ad­just the im­ported solid wastes list, and for­bid the im­port of solid wastes that are highly pol­lut­ing,” it said.

Guo Jing, di­rec­tor of in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion at the min­istry, said at a news con­fer­ence on Thurs­day that the ban is part of a cam­paign to tackle pol­lu­tion.

“Some solid waste that could be used as raw ma­te­rial was im­ported to re­lieve the re­source short­age in the coun­try,” Guo said. “Many prob­lems from the im­ported waste, how­ever, have been ex­posed with China’s so­cioe­co­nomic devel­op­ment. It not only con­tam­i­nates the en­vi­ron­ment but also en­dan­gers peo­ple’s health.”

He said China will also get tough on the il­le­gal move­ment of waste into the coun­try.

Some coun­tries trans­fer solid waste to other coun­tries by var­i­ous means, and “some even ex­port il­le­gally”, he said — though it is against in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions to ex­port solid waste with­out the des­ti­na­tion coun­try’s ap­proval.

“Mo­ti­vated by prof­its, some law­break­ers at home and abroad il­le­gally ex­port or smug­gle solid waste into China, and some con­ceal waste among other goods im­ported into the coun­try. This waste has re­sulted in many prob­lems. We must crack down on this,” Guo said.

He added that China will

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