The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
(ISRI) and Bureau of International Recycling
(BIR) both reported on Thursday January 11 that Chinese officials have confirmed the final regulations for the country’s Environmental Protection Control Standards. The newly confirmed thresholds for impurities allowed in scrap metal imports to China will be:
smelt slag - 0.5%;
ferrous - 0.5%;
non-ferrous - 1%;
waste electric motors - 0.5%;
wires and cables - 0.5%;
metal and appliance scrap - 0.5%;
autos - 0.3%.
The regulations are set to go into effect on Thursday March 1, an IRSI spokesman said in an email to Metal Bulletin sister title American Metal Market.
These standards mark a milestone in the nation’s long-term strategy to enhance environmental protection, develop a circular economy and advance its domestic recycling infrastructure.