PSI Says South Korean Government Ramps Up Recovered Fiber Inspections
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According to Paper Stock Industries, the government of South Korea has announced 100 percent inspection requirements for recovered paper imports
March 30, 2020 (Recycling Today) - The Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter of the Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has provided an update to exporters on conditions in two nations that buy significant tonnages of recovered fiber: South Korea and India.
The government of South Korea has announced 100 percent inspection requirements for recovered paper imports, according to PSI. "Recently in Korea, the import of contaminated or improperly separated recyclable paper has become a social problem," PSI quotes one ISRI contact in the South Korean government as saying. If the material is deemed legal, he says it will be cleared.
ISRI says it has learned the South Korean government notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intent to put all pulp and recovered paper that is "contaminated with oil or contains foreign substances" under the prior informed consent procedures of the Basel Convention.
For recyclers, that means South Korea is removing a previous exemption and considering the contaminated material as hazardous. ISRI says it will seek a clarification on thresholds for oil contamination and a definition of "foreign substances."
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SOURCE: Recycling Today