VIETNAM TO STOP ISSUING LICENSES FOR WASTE IMPORTS
Vietnam will stop issuing new licenses for the import of waste. The country has seen a surge in waste imports since the Chinese government banned the entry of several types of solid wastes at the beginning of 2018, with roughly 6,000 containers of paper, plastic, and metal scrap currently sitting at its ports. The waste is a supplemental source of raw materials for Vietnam's paper, plastic, and steel industries, but the government has stated that this demand benefits only the processors, not the environment. According to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the country will track down owners of containers piling up at its ports and launch criminal investigations into any illegal imports or violations of environmental law. For the full story, see https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-vietnam-waste/vietnam-to-limit-waste-….