EYEAFRICA TV: Dalian City, Liaoning Province, Northeast China: The customs in Dalian City of northeast China’s Liaoning Province Wednesday ordered the return of a latest shipment of 23.71 tons of solid wastes smuggled into China earlier.
The wastes forbidden to enter China include obsolete electronic materials, plastic wastes, used clothes, food wastes, medical and industrial wastes, and radiative wastes which could be harmful to the environment and people’s health, according to Sun Kai, a staff member of the Dalian Customs.
“These are parts of optical disc drives. They will be dismantled after entry into the importing country. The dismantlement is harmful for the environment. As the circuit board contains toxic metals, the dismantlement will harm the people and pollute the environment,” Sun said.
The Dalian Customs has launched two operations to crack down on trash smuggling so far this year. In carrying out the operations, they have seized over 5,000 tons of illegal solid waste imports including obsolete monitors and computers, with the amount of illicit money involved reaching 28 million yuan (about 39.8 million U.S.dollars).
In the first 10 months of this year, the Dalian Customs ordered the return of shipments of more than 3,700 tons of smuggled solid wastes.
China began importing solid waste as a source of raw materials in the 1980s, and for years was the world’s largest importer of solid wastes.
Given rising public awareness about environmental protection and the nation’s green development drive, China issued a ban on the import of hazardous wastes effective as of January 1, 2018.
The Chinese Customs reported that they dealt with more than 400 smuggling cases involving 1.55 million tons of smuggled wastes in 2018.