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China Introduces New Application Process for Nonferrous Scrap Imports

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment announced that it could start accepting scrap import applications in late May.

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China recently announced that import license applications could be accepted as early as late May for eight varieties of solid waste, including copper and aluminum scrap.

MEE made the announcement during a keynote speech on the environmental management of copper and aluminum scrap imports at a conference in Ningbo City on April 19, which was hosted by the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association Recycling Metal Branch (CMRA), noted the Bureau of International Recycling.

According to MEE, applications for solid waste import licenses will be strictly examined and approved in accordance with the relevant requirements of the administrative provisions in MEE’s regulatory code on “Environmental Protection for Importing Solid Wastes as Raw Materials.”

MEE’s presentation focused on the following:

  • An enterprise applying to import solid waste listed in the “restricted” catalogue shall be actually engaged in the processing and utilization of scrap and is the legal person or enterprise to do so.
  • The importing company must have the site, facilities, equipment and supporting pollution prevention facilities and measures for processing and applying the imported solid waste. It also must meet the requirements of national or local environmental protection standards.
  • The importing enterprise must comply with the relevant provisions of environmental protection management of construction projects and shall apply for the discharge permit within the prescribed time limit.
  • The applicant shall submit an application electronically to the MEE through the National Solid Waste Management Information System and, at the same time, shall submit the same information in a paper-based application.
  • The provincial environmental protection bureau could start accepting scrap import applications from late May 2019. MEE stated it will officially accept and approve import applications from July 1, 2019.
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