China Plastics Recycling Group plans to launch an ecological certification program a domestic plastics recycling trade association intends to launch a spontaneous ecological certification program for the recycled plastics industry, hoping to open a more profitable consumer market for the industry and try to reverse the negative impression of plastic recycling on the domestic public
the plan is drawn up by the plastic recycling special committee of China Plastics Processing Industry Association. It will set standards for recycled plastics on potential toxic substances such as metals, plasticizers, some flame retardants and vinyl chloride monomers, and hire a third-party audit organization to verify compliance
industry officials believe that this approach will help to improve the low profitability of China's recycling industry for a long time, help domestic manufacturers of recycled materials improve their self-confidence in the competition of international famous enterprises, and publicize the benefits of recycled plastics in reducing carbon emissions
tanyiwu, a member of the plastics recycling special committee of the Plastics Association, explained the original intention of establishing the certification plan: "our industry mainly maintains its competitiveness through low cost, but does not promote the environmental friendliness of recycled plastics." He is also the deputy general manager of Guangdong Junfu Industrial Co., Ltd., a regenerator and chemical fiber producer in Guangzhou
the Association announced this plan at the 5th China Plastics Recycling Conference/Exhibition Fair (replas) held in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province from November 4 to 5
lindongliang, chairman of Plastics Recycling Committee of Plastics Association and President of recycling business dada science and technology development (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., said that he hoped to complete the formulation of the standard by April next year. Now, he is inviting Intertek group, a multinational testing and certification company, to participate in the design of the plan and carry out the certification of its particle size between 1~300 M
according to Lu Xiao, the certification director of Intertek Group Shanghai Intertek quality and Technical Service Co., Ltd., headquartered in London, the relevant details need to be discussed, but the standard will be basically divided into three certification levels, requiring gradual improvement. The assessment scope includes social performance, and the carbon footprint will be calculated from a higher level
she said that those who put forward higher requirements for material quality and standards include large multinational companies such as Adidas that want to use recycled fiber, and companies such as Wal mart that have launched supplier environmental rating systems
other speeches at the conference planned to exchange partners in various fields. They also delivered speeches on the theme that China urgently needs to improve its regeneration system
sun Ziqiang, a member of the plastics recycling Committee of the Plastics Association and general manager of Shanghai Yaqing Trading Co., Ltd., said that the public has a poor impression of China's recycling industry, and the public regards it as a member of the waste recycling industry, rather than an industry that contributes to the protection of natural resources
sunziqiang said that it is necessary for China's recycling industry to cooperate with the government, follow the example of Europe, America and Japan, and establish a more perfect recycling system for recycled materials. If such a regeneration system is not established, China's recycling industry will never be able to get rid of the accusation that recycling causes environmental pollution in the mouth of the media and the public
at present, unlike many developed countries, many regeneration activities in China are carried out through the government system, but in the form of roadside and door-to-door waste purchase. Sunziqiang said that such inefficient practices are not conducive to effective recycling
due to insufficient domestic recycling, China imports about 7million tons of waste plastics every year, while other countries can collect about 9million tons of waste every year through their domestic recycling system
sunziqiang said: "the reason why we import waste plastics is that foreign [recycling] systems are more efficient."
sunziqiang said that although it is difficult to count the specific recycling figures in China, according to the data released by the Chinese customs at the meeting, the number of waste plastics imported by China will increase by about 6% in 2010, about 7.4 million tons
although most of the industry leaders calling for the reform of China's recycling system come from large-scale enterprises, there are many other small companies in China's highly dispersed recycling industry. Large enterprises in the industry believe that the government does not effectively supervise these small companies that often ignore environmental regulations
tanyiwu said at the meeting that although the establishment of new ecological certification standards cannot set an entry-level benchmark for the operation of the recycling industry, it can strengthen the market position of enterprises that comply with environmental laws and regulations. This view has been recognized by other members of the plastic recycling Committee
tanyiwu said: "of course, we hope that we can drive the responsible operators out of this industry through certification."
he also said that China's recycling industry lacks sufficient data to enable government officials to fully understand the benefits of plastic recycling, such as how much carbon emissions and energy consumption can be reduced by replacing primary plastics with plastic recycling
an analysis released by a professor from Shanghai University at the meeting shows that the carbon emissions saved by China's plastic recycling industry are estimated to be equivalent to the emissions of 27 coal-fired power plants
tanyiwu said that the plastic recycling industry in the United States, Europe and Japan has established a complete system to count the reliable data of the recycling quantity and final consumption, showing the potential benefits of recycled plastics
tanyiwu said, "in the future, we lack such data and are unable to communicate effectively with the government."
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