Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has submitted comments to the Government of China on its draft GB/T standards for recycled steel raw materials. ISRI commends the Government of China for developing standards for imports of recycled steel raw materials. However, ISRI also suggests clarity on recycling operations as well as aligning the Chinese standards codes with ISRI specification codes to ensure proper compliance with the regulations set out in the draft standards.
Excerpts from ISRI’s comments
We commend the Government for the work undertaken to develop these draft standards, and we hope our comments will ensure appropriate compliance with the standards and the continued import of recycled raw materials for use by manufacturers in China.
Crushing and shredding are very different operations. Crushing does not adequately explain shredding. A highly mechanized process of fragmentizing automobiles, appliances, scrap steel and other large recyclable materials into smaller, usable recycled commodities.
For the processing methods, we are confused by the first stage being called wool. This is not a common term in the global steel industry and causes confusion as to what are acceptable starting points for “recycled steel raw materials. We recommend using the term steel scrap
We recommend that an additional column be added to Table 1 referencing the ISRI Specification code for each product. …