Semantics crucial in China’s scrap ban, ISRI says

The Chinese government needs to recognise the difference between waste items and valuable scrap commodities when revising new standards for imported materials, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

“ISRI respectfully requests the Chinese government use more specific terminology in reference to recyclable materials in order to properly distinguish between high-value scrap commodities and waste,” ISRI president Robin Wiener said in a letter addressed to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), noting that ISRI supports a ban on unusable waste that does not meet certain specifications.

Honing in on the proper terminology for describing these separate materials is key...


Bradley MacAulay

August 29, 2017

02:27 GMT