Observe the Trend of China’s Management on Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste

Dec. 28th, 2020

On April 29, 2020, the revised Law of the People’s Republic China on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution Caused by Solid Waste was approved by the National People Commission Standing Committee, and it entered into effect on September 1st, 2020 (ChemLinked News [1]). Compared with the previous version, the revision has improved the permit system, clarified the extended producer responsibility system, and strengthened the management of hazardous waste.Speaking at CRAC 2020 [2], Mr. Zhou Yue, the Secretary-General of Special Committee of Hazardous Waste of China Association of Circular Economy, introduced the highlights of the revised Law and the ideas of National Hazardous Waste Inventory revision, especially focused on the trend of the resource utilization of hazardous waste.

Amendments have been made to the law to ensure it covers all fields under the current situation, including strengthening the supervision of medical waste, emphasizing the management of multiple wastes, and restricting the use of disposable plastic products, etc.

In addition, Mr. Zhou introduced the following highlights in the revised law:

  • Clarifies that the first ones responsible for the management of solid waste are the local people’s government at all levels in their administrative area;
  • Reforms the solid waste permit system to expand the application scope;
  • Requires the hazardous waste generation units to establish hazardous waste management accounts; and,
  • Requires the units that collect, store, transport, utilize, and dispose hazardous wastes to insure the environmental pollution liability insurance.

Click here to read more highlights in the revised law