This Day, That Year

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

Item from Dec 29, 1998, in China Daily: More than 10,000 aban­doned mo­tor ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing po­lice cars, were sent to Bei­jing’s Shougang Group to be melted down for scrap iron.

It is one of the im­por­tant mea­sures to re­duce the cap­i­tal’s pol­lu­tion.

The coun­try’s au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try has ush­ered in ex­plo­sive growth since 2000, with car own­er­ship ris­ing to 205 mil­lion by June, the world’s largest.

Ac­cord­ing to an es­ti­mated dead­line of 10 to 12 years, China will see more than 13 mil­lion scrapped cars in 2019. But the ve­hi­cle re­cy­cling sec­tor is still at an early stage.

Last year, fewer than 1.8 mil­lion scrapped cars were re­cy­cled across the coun­try. The over­all rate was only 4 per­cent in 2013, far lower than 8 per­cent in de­vel­oped coun­tries, in­dus­try an­a­lysts said.

There are about 600 auto re­cy­cling com­pa­nies na­tion­wide, but most are small and lack pol­icy sup­port. In 2001, a reg­u­la­tion on ve­hi­cle re­cy­cling went into ef­fect, and a draft amend­ment is un­der­way.

For the boom­ing new en­ergy ve­hi­cle sec­tor, the Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy is ex­plor­ing reg­u­la­tory and man­age­ment sys­tems for bat­tery re­cy­cling.

Min­is­ter

Miao Wei said re­cently that an ex­tended pro­ducer re­spon­si­bil­ity regime will be es­tab­lished to make au­tomak­ers re­spon­si­ble for re­cy­cling.

China’s to­tal pro­duc­tion and sales of these ve­hi­cles are ex­pected to reach 5 mil­lion by 2020. As the av­er­age life­span of bat­ter­ies is about five to eight years, the coun­try will see the num­ber of re­dun­dant bat­ter­ies hit about 250,000 met­ric tons in 2020, al­most 20 times that of 2016. Bat­ter­ies, if not be­ing dis­posed of prop­erly, will cause se­ri­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion.

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