United Kingdom – The Recycling Association (TRA) in the UK has welcomed CCIC London as a new member, thus ‘demonstrating the increasingly close working relationship between exporters of recyclable material to China and its enforcement agencies’.
CCIC London forms part of the China Certification & Inspection Group (CCIC) – the agency accredited by China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) to undertake pre-inspections of material for export to China.
CCIC London’s managing director Shouyun Huang comments: ‘By becoming a member of the association, we can support its efforts to step up the quality of material for export from the UK to China.’ This is important not just for meeting Chinese government regulations, he adds, but also to ensure Chinese buyers continue to recognise the UK as a premium source of recyclable materials.
According to TRA’s chief executive Simon Ellin, CCIC London’s membership ‘means that we can engage in dialogue to ensure that we are sending the best-quality material possible to China as well as meeting its regulations on outthrow’.
More than 40% of the recovered paper collected in the UK is currently exported to mills in China. ‘We represent the supply chain and they represent the Chinese government,’ Ellin points out. ‘We have to understand what they want and they need to understand how we operate so that together we can move forward with our relationship.’
TRA will be launching a major recovered paper quality campaign at the RWM exhibition in Birmingham on September 13-15. This will be covered in the October issue of Recycling International.