China Waste Import Restrictions: December 15th Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Comments

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C.

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The Solid Waste Association of North America (“SWANA”) submitted December 15th comments addressing China’s restrictions on waste imports.

The comments were submitted to:

  • WTO/TBT National Notification and Enquiry Center of the People’s Republic of China
  • The Ministry of the Environmental Protection (“MEP”) of the People’s Republic of China

The waste import restrictions are scheduled to take effect in 2018.

The comments:

  • Request that China delay implementation of its waste import restrictions
  • Ask that implementation of the waste import restrictions be suspended until January, 2022
  • Address the impact that waste import restrictions have had on municipal solid waste recycling programs in the United States and Canada
  • Request that MEP explain the basis for the Carried-Waste 0.5 percent contamination standard
  • Express support for China’s efforts to protect and improve their environmental conditions
  • Ask that the Chinese government meet with industry stakeholders from the United States, Canada, and other exporting countries to develop a mutually satisfactory Carried-Waste Contamination Standard

A copy of the comments can be downloaded here.

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