Tuesday, 10 March 2009

China's WEEE

According to a blog on China's environmental laws, China’s State Council announced last week that China’s waste electrical and electronic equipment regulation had been signed.

The overall intention of the law is to encourage recycling and the centralised treatment of electronic waste. It specifies the responsibilities of manufacturers, retailers, repair and customer service providers and recycling companies in the collection and treatment of waste, including TV sets, refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners and computers, among others.

The blog item reported that as yet the products to be included have not been clearly defined but they will be before the law comes into force. Also, the regulation seems to only cover recycling obligations on producers and importers, whilst sellers just need to supply the drop-off locations.

There's plenty of time for clarification since the laws don't come into effect until 2011, which is a shame, given the tendency for the rest of the world to dump electronic waste in China.

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