Recycling markets brace as China announces waste import ban

The plastics reprocessing market could be hit hardest by China’s ban while the paper recycling industry is viewing the move as a wake-up call

China has banned the export of unsorted, contaminated paper. Photograph: Moreno Soppelsa/123RFChina’s decision to ban shipments of waste plastic and unsorted paper could have “a significant impact” on the UK’s recycling market, according to industry experts.

China filed a notification with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 18 July that it intends to ban four classes and 24 kinds of solid waste by the end of 2017.

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