E-waste leads way in re­cy­cling progress

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

China has in­creased the sub­sidy for re­cy­cling e-waste — dis­carded elec­tri­cal and elec­tronic de­vices — by more than 300 per­cent year-on-year as it phases out the im­por­ta­tion of over­seas waste, which de­creased last year by 12 per­cent. In­dus­try in­sid­ers have warned of the chal­lenges the coun­try faces to fill the gap re­sult­ing from the ban on solid-waste im­ports. Still, the ban has in­creased the price of some do­mes­tic waste and is likely to cre­ate huge mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties for do­mes­tic re­cy­cling busi­nesses. The cur­rent pol­icy for e-waste, in which the govern­ment col­lects funds from man­u­fac­tur­ers to sub­si­dize re­cy­cling, should be ex­tended to other waste with high re­cy­cling costs and the po­ten­tial to pol­lute, ex­perts say. The govern­ment also needs to draft pref­er­en­tial poli­cies for junk deal­ers to help them over­come un­fa­vor­able op­er­at­ing con­di­tions, they say.

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