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Published March 30, 2004

The Growth of Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship

The Chinese government has in recent years paid increasing attention to overseas and domestic calls for law and policy initiatives to address electrical and electronic equipment lifecycle management. In what may seem to outside observers as a very short time, the legislative and rulemaking agendas of numerous Chinese government organizations reflect measures that echo provisions industry members have seen elsewhere around the world, including provisions from Europe's Directives on Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS), and the proposal on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), as well as rulemakings that fall under the category of "extended producer responsibility" (EPR) initiatives.

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