What the China waste import ban extension means for the recycling industry

The latest extension of China’s ban on waste imports is likely to have big financial implications for the UK metal recycling industry. Conor McGlone reports on how the impact of the latest restrictions is already being felt

Pile of scrap metal
The BMRA estimates that 400,000 tonnes of different metals worth more than £200 million were sent to China in 2017

News that the Chinese government is yet again extending its ban on waste imports, now to include certain types of scrap metal and other higher value material, has left the recycling industry deeply concerned.

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