China shuttering polluting mills

China shuttering polluting mills

By Jerry Powell, Resource Recycling

The industry ministry in China has ordered more than 1,400 companies in 19 industries to shutter or cut excess production capacity. Some of these are recycling mills.

The ministry reports that 20.8 million tons per year of pulp and paper capacity were eliminated in 2011 and 2012. Chinese officials say they targeted an additional 8.1 million tons of annual capacity to be reduced this year. The closure plan, which targets 279 mills, is being undertaken in order to attain cleaner papermaking production and to reduce excess capacity.

Similar capacity closure plans are targeting the steel, aluminum and copper industries.

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