On June 24, Thailand's Department of Industrial Works issued a prohibition on imports of electronic and plastic waste. The Department will also be proposing "an indefinite ban on these imports in the near future," and officials will soon begin inspecting recycling facilities nationwide.
In a recent letter from Vietnam’s Tan Cang-Cai Mep International Terminal (TCIT) that was obtained and shared by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), it was announced that the terminal was stockpiling scrap materials and, as a result, will temporarily stop accepting all containers of scrap plastic and paper from June 25 through October 15, 2018.
The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) stated on May 18 that the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment has confirmed its announcement that the import of high-grade PET chips as “ordinary goods” is now allowed, as they are in accordance with general trade regulation.
The Indonesian Olefin, Aromatic and Plastic Industry Association argued that a tax on plastic would be counterproductive because it would harm the industry – small manufacturers would be especially effected. Investments would be damaged, and there would be less opportunity to create jobs.