Guangming Daily recently published an article on electronics recycling. According to the article, there is an underground electronics recycling chain that covers an area from Beijing and Hebei to Guangdong Province. Its high profitability propels an annual production that is close to 100 billion yuan (US$16 billion). Meanwhile, the officially registered recycling companies lack sufficient business and their recycling processing lines sit idle. Xiejia Village, which is located 6 kilometers (4 miles) north of Beijing, is the largest electronics recycling center in the Beijing area. From there, most of the electronic boards go to Guiyu County in Shantou City, Guangdong Province while home appliances containing plastic, aluminum, and copper go to Shi Jia Zhuang Village in Shi Jia Zhuang City, Hebei Province. According to the article, a manager from Huaxin Green Spring Environmental Development Company stated the reason that the underground recycling centers are more profitable than the officially registered recycling sites. He said their company makes almost zero profit after paying for the costs and the taxes on their profit. However the unregulated underground recycling sites often do not adopt proper environmental measures and they use a process that causes serious air, water, and soil pollution. According to statistics, between 50 million and 80 million electronic appliances and electronic productions are scrapped each year in China; the number is expected to exceed 160 million by 2015. The article stated that how the electronic waste can be recycled properly and how the recycling industry is managed have become major issues.
Source: Guangming Daily, July 4, 2014