The ban, she told Giftofaservant is “disrupting the flow of valuable, energy-saving scrap commodities that are needed by Chinese manufacturers.”
“The result is not only the potential for recyclable materials in the United States being diverted to landfills, but Chinese manufacturers using more virgin materials — that expend energy and greenhouse gas emissions in their production process — in place of the scrap they used to use that was beneficial for the environment,” she added.
Still, there have been instances where Chinese custom officials were inconsistent in carrying out the ban, Wiener noted.
The U.S., which the ISRI said exported $5.6 billion worth of scrap to China in 2016, asked China last month to “immediately halt” its ban. The world’s top economy argued that Beijing’s approach may have the opposite effect of what’s intended as scrap materials may end up being disposed at landfills.