China investigates illegal waste plastics imports

25 January 2007 11:55  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--China’s environment watchdog said on Thursday that it has started investigations in Guangdong province following media reports alleging that the UK illegally dumped waste there.


The State Environment Protection Administration (SEPA) was working with China Customs to uncover illegal waste imports, it said.


The plastics waste trade in Lianjiao town, Foshan city, which was under investigation, amounted to 200,000 tonnes each year, out of which 20% was illegally imported.


Lianjiao’s industrial area did not have a permit to import waste plastics, the agency said.


SEPA is in talks with the European Union to prevent illegal dumping and to hit out at offenders. It also plans to further tighten controls on recyclable waste imports.

By: Florence Tan
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