Waste banned from China: positive effect for French papermakers, vigilance on quality

China's decision last year to stop importing certain types of waste, including paper for recycling, has had a positive effect for the French paper industry, which thus has more raw material, but wants to be vigilant about quality

The Chinese measure "has put back on the market quantities of paper and cardboard to recycle that we sometimes lacked," said Agn├Ęs Roger, president of the professional federation of the paper sector Copacel, presenting Thursday to the press the annual report of this activity.

"We have again the opportunity to have material (first) and therefore it should push industrial production," she said. But she stressed that manufacturers should be "vigilant, mainly on the quality" of the papers to be recycled.

For Yves Herbault, vice president of Copacel, "in the short term, for paper manufacturers who use paper and cartons to recycle, overall it is a windfall effect ", especially because of a" positive effect on the accounts, the raw material has decreased significantly. "

" This is an opportunity for all European and French paper manufacturers, "said Herbault. But it evokes "still a number of risks".

"In the medium term, paper manufacturers must be vigilant because collectors will find solutions to meet the needs of China," he said.

The vice president of the federation predicts that collectors "will increase prices and increase their sorting capacity to supply good quality products to China"

We could find in Europe, in France, products of lower quality ", he considered, calling on paper manufacturers to "organize their chains of control much better".