Pre-shipment accreditation body China Certification & Inspection Group (CCIC) has joined the Recycling Association – calling for closer ties between the recycling industry and end users of material in the Far East.
CCIC – the agency accredited by the Chinese Government to inspect material for export bound for the country – has said it is keen to step up efforts to support the promotion of exports of ‘quality material’ from the UK to China.
And, in the wake of joining the Association, CCIC has said that it would like to ensure that Chinese buyers recognise the UK as a ‘premium destination’ to buy recyclable materials.
Commenting on the latest appointment to the group, chief executive Simon Ellin, said: “I am delighted that CCIC London has joined The Recycling Association.
“A number of our members are exporters, and by having CCIC London as a member of the organisation, it 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 out-throw.”
Members of the Association include processing merchants, waste management companies, Chinese mill groups and brokers – with companies including ACN Europe, Cycle Link (UK), Mark Lyndon Paper Enterprises, Veolia and Biffa represented.
In recent years, the Association has been vocal on issues including contamination in paper loads, packaging recovery notes (PRNs) and inspections of material.
CCIC London managing director Shouyun Huang added: “As a competent inspection agency for pre-shipment inspection of scrap material exported from the UK to China, CCIC London has been working with the UK recycling industry for over ten years and has developed a good relationship with the Recycling Association and many of its members over that time.
“By becoming a member of the Association, we can support its efforts to step up the quality of material for export from UK to China. This is also important not just for meeting Chinese Government regulations, but also to ensure Chinese buyers of material continue to recognise the UK as a premium destination to buy recyclable materials.”
Cycle Link International Holding president, Lai En added that CCIC’s membership of the Recycling Association could help to push closer ties between member companies with Chinese businesses and authorities.
He said: “With CCIC London joining the Recycling Association, the relationship between the recycling industry, the Chinese enforcement agencies, and the Chinese mill groups will become even stronger and enable us to work towards improving the quality of material we send there.”
Mr En added: “By improving quality, we are also protecting the future of the UK recycling sector by ensuring that Chinese mills will always look to the UK as a key market, especially as it increasingly has a number of different countries to choose from, as well as its own growing domestic market.”