New Rules on Disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Products

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On September 8, 2010, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology jointly issued the Catalogue of Waste Electrical and Electronic Products for Disposal (the first batch) (the “Catalogue”), as a supplementary regulation to the Regulation on the Administration of the Recycling and Disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Products (the “Regulation”) which was promulgated previously and will take effect on January 1, 2011.

Article 3 of the Regulation provides that “the Regulation shall apply to the recovery, disposal and other relevant activities of waste electrical and electronic products listed in the Catalogue”, which means, starting from next year, a wide range of electrical and electronic products will have to be recycled and disposed of in accordance with the Regulation. These products include TV sets, refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners and microcomputers.

Several provisions of the Regulation deserve special attention.

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