Paper recycling ‘in crisis’ after China waste ban, warns trade bodies

UK experts are echoing concerns voiced by a European paper recycling industry group which this week urged the EU to intervene to protect the industry from the “crisis” caused by import restrictions imposed by China, Malaysia and Indonesia.

The European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EURIC), which represents traders, collectors, sorters and processors, warned that “disproportionate and discriminatory” bans on imports by China and other Asian countries had left the sector in crisis with increasing numbers of collection and recovery companies ceasing operations. 

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