BEIJING, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Huangdao customs in eastern China's Shandong Province seized a total of 62 tonnes of solid waste, according to a statement by the General Administration of Customs.
The statement said the seized garbage was a batch of leather scraps, which are banned from imports by the Chinese government.
The garbage was declared for import by a Qingdao-based trading company, according to the statement.
China began importing solid waste as a source of raw materials in the 1980s and for years has been the world's largest importer, despite its weak capacity in garbage disposal. Some companies illegally bring foreign waste into the country for profit, posing a threat to the environment and public health.
Given rising public awareness of environmental protection and China's green development drive, the government decided to phase out and halt such imports by the end of 2019, except for those containing resources that are not substitutable.
The government announced last year to ban 32 types of solid waste including plastics and paper and has imposed tough quality restrictions on other recyclable materials.