Waste Paper Specs under Pollution Norms

The following Public Notice was issued by the Commissioner of Customs (Import), Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House, Nhava Sheva on 10 November 2010

[Ref: 113-PN/10.11.2010]

Attention of all the Importers, CHA, Trade and all others concerned, is invited to Office Memorandum dated 11.05.2010 issued by Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF) vide F. No. 13-1/2004 HSMD, in supersession of the earlier O.M. of dated 10.02.2006.

2. The O.M dated 10.02.2006, issued by MOEF allows maximum of 8% of recyclable material in the consignment of imported waste paper.

3. Hazardous Waste Management Rule, 2008 and subsequent amendments vide dated 21.07.2009 and 23.09.2009 prescribed for following requirements for import of waste paper:

a. Shipment Movement Documents i.e. Form-9

b. Registration of the importer with SPCB (State Pollution Control Board)

c. Pre-shipment Inspection Certificate (PSIC) by Inspection and Certification Agency approved by the DGFT. Such PSIC certifies the content of recyclable material in terms of O.M. date 10.02.2006.

4. The above provisions were given effect by Public Notice No. 37/2009 dated 19.06.2009 and Public Notice No. 75/2009 dated 07.10.2009, both issued by this Custom House .

5. The O.M. dated 11.05.2010, issued by MOEF revises the permissible limit of recyclable material for different types of waste paper as per which the revised limit of recyclable material in waste paper is as follows:

Sr. No.

Grade

Limit(in percent)

1.

Residential mixed paper

2

2.

Soft mixed paper

1

3.

Hard mixed paper

4.

Boxboard cuttings

5.

Mill wrappers

1/2

6.

News

1

7.

New, De-ink quality

None permitted

8.

Special News, De-ink quality

None permitted

9.

Over-issue news

None permitted

10.

Magazines

1

11

Corrugated containers

1

12

Double sorted corrugated

13

New Double-Lined Kraft Corrugated Cuttings

None Permitted

14

Fibre Cores

1

15

Used brawn Kraft

None Permitted

16

Mixed Kraft Cuttings

None Permitted

17

Carrier Stock

None Permitted

18

New Colored Kraft

None Permitted

19

Grocery Bag Scrap

None Permitted

20

Kraft Multi-Wall Bag Scrap

None Permitted

21

New Brown Kraft Envelope Cuttings

None Permitted

22

Mixed Ground Wood Shavings

None Permitted

23

Telephone Directories

None Permitted

24

White Blank News

None Permitted

26

Ground Wood Computer Printout

None Permitted

27

Flyleaf Shavings

None Permitted

28

Coated Soft White

None Permitted

29

Hard White Shavings

None Permitted

30

Hard White Envelope Cuttings

None Permitted

31

New Colored Envelop Cutting

None Permitted

32

Semi Bleached Cuttings

None Permitted

33

Unsorted Office Paper

2

34

Sorted Office Paper

1

35

Manifold Colored Ledger

36

Sorted White Ledger

37

Manifold White Ledger

38

Computer Printout

None Permitted

39

Coated Book Stock

None Permitted

40

Coated Ground Wood Section

None Permitted

41

Printed Bleached Board Cuttings

42

Misprinted Bleached Board

1

43

Unprinted Bleached Board

None Permitted

44

Bleached Cup Stock

None Permitted

45

Printed Bleached Cup Stock

None Permitted

46

Unprinted Bleached Plate Stock

None Permitted

47

Printed Bleached Plate Stock Kinds

None Permitted

48

Specialty Grades( White waxed cup cuttings,

None Permitted

 

Plastic coated cups, Printed waxed cup cuttings, polycoated bleached kraft-unprinted, polycoated bleached kraft-printed, polycoated milk cartoon stock, polycoated diaper stock, polycoated box board cuttings, waxed boxboard cuttings, Printed and/or unprinted bleached sulphate containing foil, Waxed corrugated cuttings, Wet strength corrugated cuttings, Asphalt laminated corrugated cuttings, Beer carton scrap, Contaminated bag scrap, Insoluable glued free sheet paper and/or board, White wet strength scarp, Brown wet strength scarp, Printed and/or coloured wet strength scarp, File stock, New Computer print out , Ruled white, Fly leaf shaving containing hot melt glue, Carbon mix, Book with covers, Unsorted Tabulating Cards, Carbonless treated ledger, Plastic windowed envelopes, Textile boxes, Printed TMP, Unprinted TMP, Manila Tabulating Cards, Sorted colored ledgers)

 

Further, as per para (vii) of the O.M. dated 11.02.2010, there shall not be presence of putrefiable organic matter at all in the imported waste paper consignment.

6. Presently, Customs verifies the content of recyclable material by means of a Test Report or alternatively, pre-shipment inspection certificate issued by the inspection and Certification Agency approved by the DGFT in addition to Shipment Movement Documents i.e. Form-9 and Registration of the importer with SPCB(State Pollution Control Board).

7. Since, the MOEF has revised the content of recyclable materials in the import consignment of various types of waste papers, such pre-shipment certificates or test report should mention declaration/certification of content of recyclable materials in accordance with Office Memorandum dated 11.05.2010 issued by Ministry of Environment and Forest vide F. No. 13-1/2004-HSMD.

8. Further, as the said O.M. of dated 11.05.2010 stipulates that the content of waste paper must be verified by the Customs Authority in respect of each consignment imported into the country, therefore depending upon the track record of the importer, Customs will draw samples of 5-20 % of the containers in each consignment for testing by the MOEF recognized labs notified by the MOEF vide Notification dated 18.07.2007 as per Annexure-A before the clearance of the goods.

9. The Trade and the concerned associations are requested to take note of the above for necessary compliance.

F. No. : S/26-Misc-144/2010 Gr. IIB