China imports less solid waste in Jan-April

20 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BEIJING: China's imports of solid waste continued to decline in the first four months of the year as the country tightened enforcement of a ban on solid waste imports.

Imports of plastic, paper and metal waste totaled 4.74 million tonnes during the January-April period, down 33.1 percent from the same period last year, according to the General Administration of Customs, reports Xinhua.

In April alone, solid waste imports reached 1.3 million tonnes, down from 1.38 million tonnes in March.

China began importing solid waste as a source of raw materials in the 1980s and for years has been the world's largest importer, despite its weak capacity in garbage disposal.