China has set a target to start recycling 25% of its 22 million tons of annual textile waste by 2025.
The recycling program will help the country generate two million tons of recycled fiber within the next three years, according to the country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and Ministry of Commerce.
“With the continuous improvement in people’s living standards, more and more used clothing [is being put to waste], and the problem of recycling textile waste has become increasingly prominent,” said Zhao Kai, vice-chairman of the China Association of Circular Economy.
The program’s launch is part of the country’s push to scale back its carbon emissions this decade and reach carbon neutrality by 2060.
China is today the largest pollution emitter in the world, accounting for more than 10,065 million tons of CO2 that gets released into the atmosphere. That is primarily due to its role as the top exporter of consumer goods and its continued dependence on coal for powering its factories.