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Foreign countries have to adapt to China's ban on solid waste imports

China Daily | Updated: 2018-01-08 07:53

CHINA HAS BANNED the imports of 24 kinds of solid waste. Although the Chinese government disclosed the decision about half a year in advance, some garbage collection and recycling enterprises in developed countries have not prepared for the ban. Beijing Youth Daily commented on Sunday:

China is right to ban the imports of waste so as to protect its environment and public health.

For many years, China has been the largest importer of waste in the world. And it is undeniable that some of the materials in this waste do have value as they are transformable into "treasure", meaning both profits and employment. But at the same time, driven by interests, there has been poor supervision over the industry and its negative impacts have become increasingly prominent as some irresponsible enterprises have seriously damaged the environment.

Foreign countries have to adapt to China's ban on solid waste imports

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