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A Study on the Environmental Policies of Waste Batteries in China

Zhao, Wenwu (2003)
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
Following rapid economic growth and industrialization in China, environmental problems from waste batteries are rising as a consequence. There is an urgent environmental demand to establish a waste battery management system in China. With the purpose to contribute to the development of waste battery policy in China, this study presents the environmental problems from waste batteries in China and evaluates the environmental policies of waste batteries using an analysis framework. The framework is divided into two levels: Principle of Environmental Policy and Performance Criteria of Environmental Policy. According to the newly released the Technical Guide on Waste Battery Management, the future waste battery management system is described... (More)
Following rapid economic growth and industrialization in China, environmental problems from waste batteries are rising as a consequence. There is an urgent environmental demand to establish a waste battery management system in China. With the purpose to contribute to the development of waste battery policy in China, this study presents the environmental problems from waste batteries in China and evaluates the environmental policies of waste batteries using an analysis framework. The framework is divided into two levels: Principle of Environmental Policy and Performance Criteria of Environmental Policy. According to the newly released the Technical Guide on Waste Battery Management, the future waste battery management system is described and analyzed, leading to the findings of its strength and weakness. Some possible policies are also discussed, including a common label, bar code, collection approaches, environmental taxes/charges, deposit refund system, environmental education and public information. Finally, the study arrives at the conclusion that the general status of waste battery management in China is not good. It must be a long-term task for China to set up an effective waste battery management system and drive battery industry toward sustainable development. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Following rapid economic growth and industrialization in China, environmental problems from waste batteries are rising as a consequence. There is an urgent environmental demand to establish a waste battery management system in China. With the purpose to contribute to the development of waste battery policy in China, this study presents the environmental problems from waste batteries in China and evaluates the environmental policies of waste batteries using an analysis framework. The framework is divided into two levels: Principle of Environmental Policy and Performance Criteria of Environmental Policy. According to the newly released the Technical Guide on Waste Battery Management, the future waste battery management system is described and analyzed, leading to the findings of its strength and weakness. Some possible policies are also discussed, including a common label, bar code, collection approaches, environmental taxes/charges, deposit refund system, environmental education and public information. Finally, the study arrives at the conclusion that the general status of waste battery management in China is not good. It must be a long-term task for China to set up an effective waste battery management system and drive battery industry toward sustainable development.},
  author       = {Zhao, Wenwu},
  keyword      = {China,Collection,Environmental policy,Hazardous waste,Labeling,Prevention at source,Producer responsibility,Recycling,Sorting,Waste battery management system,Environmental studies,Miljöstudier},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {A Study on the Environmental Policies of Waste Batteries in China},
  year         = {2003},
}