Import ban on 24 types of solid waste
Last July, China announced an import ban on 24 types of solid waste by the end of 2017 in a fresh move to reduce environmental pollution.
China announced import ban on 24 types of solid waste by the end of 2017 in a fresh move to reduce environmental pollution on July 20, 2017. /Photo via VCG
The country notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of the ban, which covers waste plastics, unsorted scrap paper, discarded textiles, vanadium slag and other kinds of waste, Ministry of Environmental Protection official Guo Jing told a press conference.
Imported solid waste, some of which had been used as raw materials in the past, has caused damage to the country's environment and public health, said Guo, who is in charge of the ministry's international cooperation program.
The Chinese government is stepping up the fight against pollution and environmental degradation as decades of fast growth has left the country saddled with smog and contaminated soil. (CGTN)