Last year, the implementation of the hedge action led to a drop of 1 million tons in the import of waste plastic bottles, not a big drop compared with the expected. Although some senior enterprises reduce import volume or transform to engage in other businesses, the number of new enterprises applying for waste plastic import license is increasing. China has more than 3000 registered waste plastic import and processing enterprises.
At present, there are more than 10000 domestic enterprises engaged in the processing of waste plastic bottles. In the total amount of recycled waste plastics in China, the proportion of imports is not very high. According to the data collated by the special committee, of the total amount of 24.9 million tons of recycled plastics in 2013, 7.9 million tons were imported, accounting for slightly more than 30%.
EU is still the largest source of China's import of waste plastic bottles, accounting for a quarter of China's total import of waste plastic bottles.
In China, more than 40% of the total amount of plastic recycling industry is carried out by large and medium-sized enterprises. Most of these enterprises are located in developed coastal plastic processing areas, with relatively stable import / purchase sources and sales channels, and relatively high profits.
Large scale recycling enterprises in the central and western regions are mainly engaged in the recycling of domestic plastic bottles. Guangdong, Zhejiang, Fujian, Shandong and Hebei are the main distribution and processing centers of recycled plastics, and the focus of each region is different. High grade LDPE films and HDPE materials are mainly recycled in Tianjin, Hebei and Shandong. Zhejiang, Shanghai and Jiangsu need clean pet, HDPE, polypropylene and some engineering materials. In Fujian, there is a great demand for LDPE film of low grade. Guangdong consumes a lot of engineering plastics and some PE, PP and pet.