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China uncovers solid waste smuggling case

Updated: May 23,2018 8:17 AM     Xinhua

Customs officers check solid waste in Shantou, South China’s Guangdong province, May 22, 2018. Customs officers and police in Guangdong province have jointly uncovered a smuggling case involving over 200,000 tons of solid waste. China has banned 24 categories of solid waste imports since the end of 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

GUANGZHOU — Customs officers and police in Guangdong province have jointly uncovered a smuggling case involving over 200,000 tons of solid waste.

The waste, including various metals and copper, has been imported from other countries since 2014, without a proper license, according to Shantou customs.

A customs officer checks solid waste in Shantou, South China’s Guangdong province, May 22, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Police caught 24 suspects in raids early on May 22 in the cities of Shantou, Guangzhou, Foshan, and Qingyuan, seizing about 1,000 tons of scrap metals.

Solid waste often contains harmful elements if not properly disposed of.

China has banned 24 categories of solid waste imports since the end of 2017.

The case is under further investigation.

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