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China to ban all imports of solid waste as of 2021

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The "Law of the People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes" has been revised and passed, and will be implemented on January 1, 2021. The revised contents related to the management of solid waste are as follows: 

1. It is forbidden to import solid waste in any way. It is forbidden to dump, stack and dispose of solid waste from outside of China.

2. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment has stopped accepting and approving applications for import licenses for imported solid waste that can be used as raw materials. The import licenses for solid waste that have been issued in 2020 that can be used as raw materials should be stated in the certificate use within the validity period of 2020, and expire automatically after the expiry date.

3. Solid waste produced by units in special customs supervision areas and bonded supervision places shall be managed in accordance with domestic solid waste regulations. If it is necessary to leave the area for storage, utilization or disposal, it shall go through relevant procedures with the administrative department of the local government in the special customs supervision area and bonded supervision place, and the customs shall no longer check the relevant approval documents.

4. The solid waste generated during the production operations of bonded repair and remanufacturing business units outside the special customs supervision area and bonded supervision site shall be implemented with reference to the third point.

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