China Industrial Waste Management provides appliance recycling

China Industrial Waste Management, Inc. announced that its 90 percent owned subsidiary, Dalian Dongtai Industrial Waste Treatment, Co., Ltd. was designated as the sole provider of dismantling, processing and recycling services for discarded domestic appliances for Dalian City, and one of four licensed providers of these services in Liaoning Province under the Discarded Domestic Appliance Recycling Program, which is sponsored by the PRC ministries of Commerce, Treasury, and Environmental Protection.

The Appliance Recycling Program began in August 2010 in Dalian and runs through the end of December 2011. Domestic appliances covered under this program include televisions, refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners, personal computers and mobile phones. These appliances contain recyclable materials, such as metal, glass and plastic. They also contain hazardous materials that can pollute the soil, water and atmosphere if they are not properly treated before disposal.

Given the lack of a national legal framework and integrated collection system, currently, many of the discarded domestic appliances in China are collected by unlicensed, small-scale dismantling plants that extract the valuable metals and dump the remaining electronic waste in the wild, which causes environment pollution. Because they are unregulated, these facilities can operate at a lower cost structure compared to licensed providers like Dalian Dongtai. As a consequence, typically only a small portion of electronic waste in China is collected by licensed, professional companies.