Dalian detects conveyor belt waste from AustraliaChina | 9 Aug 2019 5:05 pm
Customs in the coastal city of Dalian in northeastern Liaoning province intercepted nearly 35.74 tons of waste earlier this week, Xinhua reports.
The Dalian Customs inspected a batch of cargo from Australia on Tuesday, which was later confirmed as old conveyor belts. Since they were heavily contaminated, samples were tested which revealed that they were used and seriously worn steel rope core conveyor belts, which do not conform to the relevant technical standards of China. They cannot be used for moving objects and are classified as imported solid waste, which has been banned.
The conveyor belts have been transferred to the relevant departments for further investigation.
China began importing solid waste as a source of raw materials in the 1980s and for years has been the world's largest importer, despite its weak capacity in garbage disposal. Some companies have profited by illegally bringing foreign waste into the country, posing a threat to the environment and public health.