Plastics- Material Recycle
In order to prevent environmental pollution, as an export body related laws and systems of each country we obeyed; independent management we strengthen, transparency and disclosure characteristic of the recycling we emphasize.
The Basel treaty exceeds borders by managing international movement (especially developing countries) of and dealing with harmful waste properly, it designates to prevent environmental pollution with improper handling of waste. We strictly follow 'The Basel method' and waste disposal methods in respective countries which corresponds to laws regarding regulations such as proper processing the judged wastes domestically, import and export of specific harmful waste and alike.
The commodity which we handled basically does not include the aforesaid kind of waste, but if any of our commodities are judged and rejected by the Japanese custom, we immediately do explan to the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (ETI), as it meant to obtain approval of export. So far we understand, yet direct consulting ETI, exporter should notify country of consignee in advance through 'section of proper procecss recycling measure of waste and illegal abandon', get recognition, acceptance and permission. Assuming enterprise would be denied in the case which is in large quantity.
Although there are companies working hard to divide commodities with utmost effort, some irresponsibly accustomed to export to difficult-to-recycle materials, or even rubbish to foreign countries.
Recently, mixed recycling plastic raw materials with plastic waste (which reuse is difficult) sailing across the sea is occuring frequently. Those exporters without informing discharge party the outcome are heartlessly.
In such cases exporters meant to pursue enlarging manufactuers' responsibility.
It seems that there are also increasing cases which commodities are shipback (returning shipment) to Japan.
With recycling laws of each import country differs, many commodities are prohibited to be imported as measure is taken with purpose of environmental protection. We recommend that for the sake of value-making recycling system is realized, corporation itself must understand reuse value of the commodity and degree of influence to environment as for recycling; carry out long term observation and inspection after shipping the commodities out to any foreign country.
As for import enterprise of mainland China, one must obtain import license for recycling-intended commodity from the State Environment Protection Administration (SEPA). In addition from 2005 the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ)reached the point where acquisition of issued license is also required for the relative export enterprises around the world. The Japan China Commodities Inspection Co., Ltd. (CCIC Japan Corporation) accordingly carries out inspection before shipment in Japan as for each enterprise acquires license for exportation to China.
(The incident of exporting plastic rubbish to the ShanDong Province which is reported in May of 2004 causes prohibition of exportation of recycling plastic from Japan to mainland China. Only 57 corporations are reopened by firstly acquired export license from September 20th of 2005. We are one of the approved corporations.)
BAF aims to continue making business in the future with responsibilities, as we have established Hong Kong branch and Guangzhou representative office in China which is centralizing the export system which we can manage the flow of commodities (traceability).
Export Quality Standard
BAF judges Commodities based on our Experience.
What commodity is supposingly cannot be recycled thus not suitable for exporting:
1) Prohibited items classified by countries.
2) Any harmful material that causes environmental pollution.
3) Those commodities which recycling technology has not yet been established.
4) Materials which has no recycling market yet;
and so on.
As for commodities which BAF handles are class 1 and 2; within these two classes there are A and B grades. Large proportion are mixed with (virgin grade) raw materials for reuse. These are expensive commodities which really are called recycling plastic raw materials and which is different from 'wood scrap'.
Moral and commodity knowledge for handling C and D grades are important. Recently, original division of commodities is strengthened as for acquisition of ISO 14001; from factory, transport trader to reprocessing factory they have mutual verification and recycling technical guidance to each parties, thus these grades have become reprocess-able.
However we must note sufficiently materials must not be discharged with vague verification and enlarge producers' responsibility by pursuing to foreign country. Take for example, Japan local factories are paying approximately 30 to 50 yen per kilogram for every material delivery (includes tariff and others); high quality crushed materials can cost up to 70% of prime resins.
① A+/- Grade raw materials (possible to reuse at origin)
② B+/- Grade raw materials (processing time is required, but material is 99% reycle-able)
③ C+/- Grade raw materials (yield rate of reprcessed falls in case of reusing)
④ D+/- Grade raw materials (thorough washing and division is need to prevent pollution)
⑤ F Grade Clearly violate Basel Treaty (rubbish) - ban on export
Environmental Policy - BAF does not join the Old Maid Game
BAF, for some commodity inquiries, must refuse to offer based on our export standard. There are times where other traders recieve mateials without problem; there are times where sellers have acquried product waste license, and wastes are verified in Japan before exporting. If it is an export trader and we strongly recommend you must import/export with right acquisition and resell responsibly.