China will place scrap steel and aluminum on a restricted import list of solid waste products that can be used as raw materials, Reuters reported Dec. 29, citing a statement from the country's Ministry of Ecology and Environment.
The restriction will take effect July 1, 2019, according to the ministry.
The ministry also said copper and aluminum raw materials that comply with national standards can be imported as regular goods and would not be considered as solid waste. Relevant departments are also designing standards for recycled copper and aluminum.
According to state-run Xinhua News Agency, China started importing solid waste as source of raw materials in the 1980s. The imports fell 51.5% year over year in the first 10 months of 2018 as the government tightened an import ban, the news agency reported in November.