An amendment to China’s Solid Waste Law was approved on 29 April 2020 by the National People’s Congress (NPC). The amended law will take effect on 1 September 2020.
Solid Waste Law
The Solid Waste Law was originally adopted on 30 October 1995. The Solid Waste Law covers the prevention and control of pollution from industrial waste, household waste, construction waste, agricultural waste, and hazardous waste.
There are several changes under the revised Solid Waste Law. With regards to product stewardship, several product-related programs to further the development of Chinese circular economy policies and regulations are introduced. Revisions include:
What could this mean for you?
Producers may find that products previously considered to be out of scope will now be included under the revised Solid Waste Law. If your products fall under the mandatory recycling catalogue, you will be required to finance the collection and recycling of end of life products. The amended law indicates that this can be done either individually or via a third party. Non-degradable plastic bags and other single-use plastic products will be restricted or banned and therefore producers should look to alternatives.
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