China has begun standardizing its solid waste recycling industry, which, despite being considered a burgeoning green sector, has stoked environmental concerns due to reckless expansion.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) and other government agencies have launched a joint campaign targeting irregularities in the recovery of waste materials, including electronics, tires, plastics, clothes and home appliances.
From August to the year-end, the government will crack down on small workshops producing heavy pollution, improve the infrastructure in industrial cluster districts and guide the sector’s healthy development.
While substandard firms will be shut down, legitimate recycling companies will be encouraged to accelerate business expansion by mergers and acquisitions.
The recycling industry is still lagging behind environmental demands, with many firms too small and weak in pollution control,