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»China’s Landmark WEEE Electronics Recycling Law

»Friday, March 19,2010

Global Electronics and Environmental Compliance Tracking Service Provides Details on Recently Approved Framework for Chinese WEEE Regulations

Arlington, Va.  – The long-awaited "Regulation for the Management of the Recycling and Disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Products" ("China WEEE") has just been released for publication. EIATRACK subscribers received an alert Thursday, March 5, 2009, about the landmark regulatory development, with key facts and legal analysts’ preliminary observations concerning China WEEE.

EIATRACK will follow with a more in-depth analysis, along with an English translation and webinar for subscribers to help them anticipate likely next steps in the China WEEE implementation process.

Premier Wen Jiabao signed China WEEE into law on February 25, 2009. However, as is the practice in China, public disclosure of the new law was not immediate.  The State Council released the official document to the public on March 4, 2009.  Enforcement of China WEEE is planned for January 1, 2011.

China WEEE reflects the Chinese government’s highest-level step to date toward the development of a national regulatory program aimed at take-back and recycling of an as-yet uncertain scope of electrical and electronic products.

China WEEE Implementation Will Involve Key Issues for Many EIATRACK Subscribers

The China WEEE implementation process will warrant close scrutiny for many EIATRACK subscribers.  Among the key issues at play during this implementation process will be:

The nature of the "waste electrical and electronic product fund" and the responsibilities of manufacturers and other stakeholders with respect to this fund.
The scope of the subsequently developed and issued first catalogue of waste electrical and electronic products subject to China WEEE.

The nature and specifications for waste electrical and electronic product "recycling information" and other disclosures specified in China WEEE.


EIATRACK is a subscription-based web service that delivers regulatory updates, detailed analyses and reports, webinars and news for more than 100 global jurisdictions, including each of the United States.

TIA, which owns and manages EIATRACK, employs highly-respected legal firms and technical experts to monitor regulations surrounding RoHS, WEEE, REACH, EuP Directives, battery recycling, design for the environment, energy efficiency and more, for products that contain electronics, cabling, chips, plastics and other materials that are subject to compliance rules. As companies seek to export their products to countries and even at the city level around the world, they use EIATRACK to make the tracking task simple, from product design through end of life cycle and takeback.

The cost for companies to individually track compliance regulations is astronomical. Yet, the penalties for non-compliance can be even more costly. TIA, as the non-profit trade association for the information and communications technology industry, aims to give companies a cost-effective way to manage the challenges associated with compliance.

Information about free demos and trials and subscription to the service is available by contacting TIA’s Environmental Program Manager Ellen Farmer at +1.703.907.7582 or at

Read the latest EIATRACK white paper, “How to Ensure Your Products Meet Environmental Requirements in Europe,” at

About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and world-wide environmental regulatory analysis. With roots dating back to 1924, TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members’ products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment. TIA co-owns the SUPERCOMM® tradeshow and is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Visit

TIA’s Board of Directors includes senior-level executives from ACS, ADC, ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, ANDA Networks, ArrayComm, AttivaCorp, Avaya, Bechtel Communications, Inc., Cisco Systems, Corning Incorporated, Ericsson, Inc., GENBAND, Inc., Graybar, Henkels & McCoy, ILS Technology, Intel Corporation, Intersect, Inc., LGE, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, Panasonic Computer Solutions Co., Qualcomm, Research In Motion, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation, Tellabs, Tyco Electronics, Ulticom, Inc.,  and Verari Systems. Advisors to the Board include FAL Associates, Orca Systems and Telcordia Technologies.




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