China to achieve zero solid waste imports by end of 2020

China will achieve zero solid waste imports by the end of this year, said Liu Youbin, a spokesman for the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said at a press conference, on the morning of June 2.
Liu said that this year is the year of ending the ban on foreign garbage and advancing the reform of the import management system of solid waste.

China will achieve zero solid waste imports by the end of this year, said Liu Youbin, a spokesman for the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said at a press conference, on the morning of June 2.

Liu said that this year is the year of ending the ban on foreign garbage and advancing the reform of the import management system of solid waste.

Liu said that the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the member units of the inter-ministerial coordination group have formulated a work plan for 2020, which will greatly reduce the import of solid waste and maintain a high-pressure situation of combating the smuggling of foreign garbage.

The newly revised Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes has also greatly increased the fines for illegal dumping, stacking, and disposal of solid wastes.

As of April 30, 2020, the national total import of solid waste was 2.49 million tons, a year-on-year decrease of 47.3%.

The Ministry of Environment will also incorporate persistent organic pollutant monitoring into the national environmental monitoring system, and continue to promote and apply relevant scientific research results to continuously improve monitoring capabilities and levels.

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) refer to organic chemicals that persist in the environment and cause adverse effects on human health and the environment.

There are four major categories of current POPs monitoring standards in China, including organochlorine pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, brominated flame retardants, and dioxins. There are a total of 25 standards involving 18 types of persistent organic pollution.

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