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China Consults on the Second Draft Revision of the Inventory of Hazardous Wastes

A new draft revision of the Inventory of Hazardous Wastes was published for public comments. More exemptions were drafted.

Three months after China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) released the last draft revision of the Inventory of Hazardous Wastes, an updated revision[1] was drafted for public comments on December 30, 2019. This consultation will end on February 3, 2020.

The latest version of the Inventory of Hazardous Wastes was published in March 2016[2] and became effective on August 1, 2016. ChemLinked reported the significant amendments when the last draft was released on September 5, 2019 (ChemLinked news[3]). 

Compared to the Inventory of Hazardous Wastes (2016), this updated draft includes the following major amendments:

  • Change the text content and delete Article 4 of the 2016 version;

  • Add 6 hazardous wastes, of which 3 are split from the existing hazardous wastes;

  • Deleted 15 hazardous wastes;

  • Revise the hazardous descriptions of 69 hazardous wastes;

  • Update the codes of hazardous wastes according to the Industrial Classification for National Economic Activities (GB/T 4754-2017);

  • Update the exemption list to 30 hazardous wastes, of which 14 are newly added.

The management scope of the 2016 version was greatly expanded due to the inclusion of the whole Inventory of Hazardous Chemicals[4]. However, many problems were revealed during implementation since the wastes of hazardous chemicals cannot be simply equivalent to hazardous wastes. Thus the corresponding provisions (Article 4) will be deleted, and the description of Code 900-999-49 will be updated.

China implemented categorized management of household waste and piloted the “no-waste city” construction program[5] in 2019 to minimize the environmental impact of solid wastes. According to the actual implementation, the exemption conditions for hazardous wastes in household wastes will be updated.

This draft also clarifies that for each hazardous waste, only major hazardous properties are indicated, and there can be other hazardous properties. The hazardous properties are shown as codes, including C (Corrosivity), T (Toxicity), I (Ignitability), R (Reactivity), and In (Infectivity). The “,” remark between different codes means that the hazardous waste possesses the first hazardous property and may possess the other following hazardous properties. The “/ ” remark between different codes means the hazardous waste possesses one or more hazardous properties.

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