The dominant position China holds in global manufacturing means that for many years, China has also been the largest global import of many types of recyclable materials. China’s dominance in manufacturing means that for years it has been the world’s largest importer of recyclable materials. In 2016, it imported 7.3m tonnes of waste plastic from developed countries including the UK, US and Japan.
Late 2017 saw China announce changes in quality control on imported materials.
These changes saw China notifying the World Trade Organisation that it will ban imports of 24 categories of recyclables and solid waste by the end of 2017. These include polyethylene terephthalate (Pet) drinks bottles, other plastic bottles and containers, and all mixed paper
The UK recycling industry previously sent around 494,000 tonnes of plastic and 1.4 million tonnes of recovered paper to China every year.
How does this affect DJB Recycling, and how will it affect you?
We are always trying to improve the quality of our recyclables. Every bale of material that comes into our depot is split, checked for contamination, then re-baled.
Quality is essential is we are to continue our relationship with China.
Even though it is waste, it is stall a raw product that will be used to make new products. China are well within their rights to demand quality material if they are buying it in, therefore contamination of materials needs to stop at the source where possible. We are fortunate to not solely depend on the Chinese outlet as we also have European connections.
This doesn’t mean the quality standard of our waste can drop.
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DJB Recycling offer a total waste management solution for all types of business throughout the UK. From easy to operate internal recycling systems for the smaller businesses to total turn key installation for larger organisations.
With our wide range of services, we ensure none of the materials we collect goes to landfill. For the lowest price in recycling, or for more information give us a call.