From December 31, according to official news agency Xinhua, China will ban the import of several different types of waste product.
Newly banned product types will include hardware, ships, auto parts, stainless steel waste and scrap, titanium and wood.
The initial ban on imports of plastic waste caused worldwide problems, as recycling companies were cut off from their main market for waste material.
Since 1992, 72 percent of the world’s plastic waste has been exported to China and Hong Kong, according to a study in the journal Science Advances. China purchased over than half of the scrap materials exported by the US last year.
China says the policy changes have been made in accordance with a new initiative to protect the environment.