China China releases Report on Implementation of EPR for Electrical and Electronic Equipment

China’s Alliance of Technology Innovation in Extending Producer Responsibility released Annual Report on 2020 EPR for EEE industry in China on Dec. 23, 2020. The report describes the progress of the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) system in China. A summary of the report is as follows.

EPR Implementation Status of Companies

  • According to a survey for the 10 companies, as of the end of 2019, there were 21,969 waste electrical and electronic equipment collection sites established by the 10 companies, covering almost the entire country.
  • By the end of 2019, the total number of waste electrical and electronic equipment collected has reached 262.265 million units. The breakdown of major equipment is shown in the following table.

Evaluation Results of EPR Implementation Status

  • Implementation status of a total of 61 companies was evaluated in 7 areas, including “eco-design,” “procurement,” “production/manufacturing,” and “recycling.” Many companies received high ratings in the areas of “eco-design” and “production/manufacturing,” but low ratings in the areas of “transportation/sales” and “recycling.
  • The following are the top three companies in the overall ranking based on the above evaluation.
2 Apple
  • According to the report, 70% of the companies have already implemented related tasks in the areas of “energy consumption of products” and “management of hazardous substances,” but only 20% to 30% of the companies have implemented corresponding tasks in the areas of “easy disassembly design,” “improvement of product recyclability,” and “labeling for convenient collection” that contribute to product recycling.

For the original text of the above Annual Report, please refer to the following URL (Simplified Chinese).