China to boycott imports of foreign vessels for Recycling


SHANGHAI (Scrap Register): China is probably going to boycott imports of waste vessels to secure the environment.

The new proportions of forbidding imports were reported in April and will produce results on Dec. 31. They cover 32 kinds of solid waste imports, including ships, auto parts, stainless steel scrap, titanium and wood.

The country's ship-breaking yards, which have been tearing apart the world's retired vessels from both civil and military sectors, and turning them into piles of steel scrap bound for mills for repurposing, will henceforth focus only on domestic ships.

Many ship-breaking yards and nearby beaches were heavily polluted by heavy metals, oil and other toxic substances.

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