The Beijing-based China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association Recycling Metal Branch (CMRA) says its vice president and representatives of several member companies organized a symposium to advocate for the continued importation of mixed, shredded metal scrap.
The CMRA says the Aug. 22, 2017, symposium in Beijing pertained to the Chinese government’s release of a “Draft of Environmental Protection Control Standards for Importing Solid Waste as Raw Materials” earlier in the month.
Wang Jiwei, the vice president and secretary general of CMRA, offered an introduction “highlighting the importance of mixed metals,” according to the association. Mixed shredded metals include the ISRI (Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries) grades zorba, zurik, zebra and shelmo.
Representatives from 16 CMRA member companies also attended the symposium, including Ningbo Jintian Copper, Jiangxi Copper, Ye Chiu, Daiki Aluminium, Minmetals, Delta Aluminium, Zhaoqing Southern Aluminum, Zhaoqing Qiansheng Aluminium, Lanxi Boyuan, Huihuang, Yongkang Listar, Jiantao Aluminium, Liaoning Chengyi, Chiho TIande and Shenglin Co.
Each company provided feedback and opinions on the pending standards and “suggested that some standards could be adjusted considering their company’s status and operations,” says CMRA.
The CMRA’s Wang concluded by saying the CMRA will write a report based on the symposium and submit it to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP). “In order to keep the sustainable development of the metals recycling industry, CMRA must and should [be the voice of] domestic companies,” the association says.