India is planning to develop a comprehensive domestic recycling plan for plastics

Excerpt: India’s policy development comes as China continues its rejection of scrap materials, particularly plastics, from other countries.

Indian government is planning to develop a comprehensive domestic recycling plan, and it held meetings in August called “Sustainable Growth Through Material Recycling: Policy Prescriptions.” Sessions covered infrastructure, certification and standardization, environmental benefits of recycling, economic issues and circular economy topics.

A draft document is expected soon as the policy is in development stage.

Recycling will increase growth, create wealth and generate employment,” Nitin Gadkari, minister for road transport and highways, stated in the release.

According to Adina Renee Adler, senior director for government relations and international affairs for ISRI, the Indian recycling policy development has a far different tone than the trade restrictions enacted by China. Adler noted she’s “not getting any signals that it’s going to translate into any kind of import restrictions.”

In the immediate term, it’s more of an opportunity,” Adler said. “As India develops a sophisticated recycling industry, there will be an opportunity for trade in the foreseeable future.”

India’s policy development comes as China continues its rejection of scrap materials, particularly plastics, from other countries.

Around, 67,000 metric tons of scrap plastic have been approved for import into China this year, according to MEE documents.