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China moves to boost recycled copper & aluminum imports

9 Jul 2024 17:21 reported by Stanley Wang

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China has unveiled draft regulations to facilitate the importation of recycled aluminum and copper. The new rules aim to improve the competitiveness of China's metals industry by increasing the supply of recycled materials.

Recycled copper, copper alloy materials, recycled aluminum, and aluminum alloy raw materials will no longer be classified as solid waste, allowing them to be imported without restrictions. This is part of China's efforts to lower carbon emissions from its energy-intensive metals sector while avoiding becoming a dumping ground for waste materials from other countries.

The proposed regulations are intended to streamline and regulate the import of these recycled metals, supporting China's goal of boosting the usage of recycled materials as part of its broader decarbonization strategy.