SEATTLE (Waste 360): China is expected to ban imports of old corrugated containers (OCC) and nearly all other fiber grades in 2021, Resource Recycling reports.
According to the report, major Chinese paper companies recently gathered at a government meeting, and a key trade association in China noted the ban would go forward.
Resource Recycling analyzed data from China’s General Administration of Customs revealing that in 2016, before China’s import ban, China brought in roughly 31.4 million short tons of recovered fiber. This year, however, 9.8 million short tons have been imported into China, according to the analysis. The report also notes that the largest paper companies in China are working to set up operations in Malaysia, but they are running into some problems.