China details scrap metal import restrictions for July

  • China has announced plans to restrict imports of eight different scrap categories – including aluminum, steel and copper – starting July 1.
  • These materials previously were on the “unrestricted” materials list, but will be subject to restrictions and government approval under the new regulations, according to the Bureau of International Recycling.
  • The Ministry of Ecology and Environment indicated that other departments are examining new quality standards for scrap aluminum and copper. They could end up getting classified as regular goods and not solid waste, thus exempting them from the import restrictions.

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