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Update from Defra on plastic exports to non-OECD and Turkey

25 MAY 2021

Information has been received from Defra providing an update on the Turkish plastic waste import position, progress on legislation that will allow the export of B3011 plastic to certain non-OECD countries under Green list and the requirements that are being applied by Malaysia for B3011 plastic waste to be received under green list once legislation is in place.


To enable B3011 plastic waste to be shipped to non-OECD countries requires a regulatory change to amend retained Regulation (EC) 1418/2007. This is now the expected timetable.

TITLE OF INSTRUMENT:

 

The International Waste Shipments (Amendment of Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 and 1418/2007)  Regulations 2021

LAYING DATE

1 July

DATE ON WHICH SI IS TO COME INTO FORCE:

 

29th July (28 days after laying)

This SI will follow the negative parliamentary procedure. This means it will be laid in Parliament and, provided there is no request for a debate, it should come into force 28 days after laying. The delay has been caused by having to undertake a Regulatory Triage Assessment to assess the impacts of the changes that will be made by the Statutory Instrument.

Malaysia

On Malaysia, Defra received confirmation from the authorities today that they are content with the proposed approach on pre-loading inspections and have supplied a pre-loading inspection report to be completed by exporters. Their letter also includes a list of additonal requirements that plastic waste exporters to Malaysia must comply with.

Turkey

The Department of International Trade’s Market Access team based in Ankara met with the Turkish Ministry of Environment last week, just before the additional PE plastic waste restrictions were announced. The message from the Turkish MoE was very clear and direct - Turkey wants to manage its own plastic waste and become self-sufficient in managing, recycling and using its own waste.  They will continue to add new items (codes) to the list of prohibited waste imports rather than delisting them, which includes 19 02 04. The MoE official acknowledged the argument that 19 12 04 is a processed version of 15 02 01, nevertheless they stated that Turkey, at this stage, is not willing to delist 19 02 04 from the list of prohibited codes, at least until the end of this year.  In the meantime, the Turkish government will continue implementing new procedures and regulations to upskill its domestic waste management industry and become less reliant on waste imports.

 

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