Re­cy­cling In­dus­try

Beijing Review - - This Week -

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,

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