China launched fresh crackdown against trash smuggling

Vastavam web: China launched a fresh crackdown on Tuesday against trash smuggling from overseas in Beijing’s latest move to curtail the inflow of foreign garbage and strengthen its “war on pollution”.China’s customs administration announced the effort on its Weibo social media feed but provided no details other than to say the campaign would be “huge”.China told the World Trade Organization last year it would stop accepting imports of 24 types of foreign waste by the end of the year and that it would phase out shipments of other waste products, including those readily available from domestic sources, by the end of 2019.

The move has thrown the global recycling industry into turmoil and left domestic recyclers to cope with raw material shortages.The General Administration of Customs said in early April it had seized 110,000 tonnes of smuggled solid waste this year and arrested 52 people.