China’s customs authority, the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China, has announced a 10-month-long period of special actions against foreign garbage smuggling, calling it “Blue Sky 2018.”
This announcement comes after the imposition of China’s National Sword policy, which placed contamination standards on several types of imported waste. “Blue Sky 2018” will run from March 1 until December 31, 2018.
“This is just the latest evidence that China is very serious about keeping foreign garbage out of the country. We applaud China’s focus on illegal waste smugglers,” said David Biderman, executive director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America, in regards to the new program.
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Zhang Guangzhi, spokesperson for the General Administration of Customs, said that the organisation is fully committed to “investigating a number of large-scale smuggling cases of wastes, eradicating a number of smuggling gangs and cutting off a number of smuggling routes and chains of rubbish, and resolutely blocking ‘foreign rubbish’.”
During the operation, the Customs and Excise Department will also work with relevant local authorities to promote “comprehensive anti-smuggling work in a concerted manner”.
Under the coordination of local government organisations, Zhang Guangzhi said that Customs would strengthen its links with relevant law enforcement departments such as environmental protection and quality inspection to stop illegal operations and “foreign garbage” shops.