NWRA Urges China to Reconsider Proposed Law Restricting Import of Solid Waste

NWRA Urges China to Reconsider Proposed Law Restricting Import of Solid Waste

Arlington, VA – Last week, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) filed comments with China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) regarding its draft law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Waste. Article 29 of the draft law would restrict the importation of solid waste.

“NWRA supports high-quality standards for recyclable materials as well as policies necessary to achieve them. We believe that by using high-quality standards, China can ensure that its manufacturing sector has the raw materials needed to continue to produce goods while ensuring that its recycling industry remains viable into the future. With the improved quality already required, MEE has already achieved significant reductions in solid waste generation by limiting the amount entering the country. The material currently being shipped to China is not solid waste; rather it is a valuable feedstock for a manufacturing process. We urge the MEE to modify the standards in the proposed law,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

These comments are the most recent as NWRA continues to follow China’s efforts to restrict imports of recyclable materials.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association