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Guangdong Puts Onus of Waste Pollution Control on Local Businesses

Primary responsibility for reducing pollution within Guangdong will now rest with individual businesses, according to a new directive from the provincial government. In line with this, it is now incumbent on locally-based enterprises to ensure they fully comply with all statutory management, registration, storage and movement of waste protocols, while also ensuring all processed waste is correctly classified and duly logged via the province-wide pollution monitoring portal. While financial penalties await those found to be in breach of the official guidelines, various tax incentives are on offer to those that demonstrate a high level of compliance.

The changes to the province’s pollution monitoring and handling regime were outlined in Guiding Opinions on Strengthening the Prevention and Control of Industrial Solid Waste Pollution, a jointly-issued directive on the part of the Guangdong Provincial Environmental Protection Department and the Guangdong Provincial Industry and Information Technology Department.

 Among the key requirements of the new regime are the following:

  • Industrial enterprises are to be considered to have primary responsibility for pollution prevention and control. In line with this, any such enterprise producing, utilising or disposing of solid wastes must establish an appropriate management system and one in accordance with all statutory declaration, registration, storage and transportation requirements
  • All industrial solid waste must be clearly classified in accordance with the National Catalogue of Hazardous Wastes, which requires all such materials to be designated as either industrial hazardous wastes or general industrial solid wastes
  • Any entity responsible for the production of industrial solid wastes must declare the volume and category of such waste on a quarterly/annual basis via the relevant online platform
  • Any enterprise wishing to apply for an environmental protection tax waiver, a VAT refund or any other related tax waiver must provide corroborative data via an independent third-party assessor

These measures officially came into force on 1 December 2018 and will remain in force until 30 November 2021.

For further details (in Chinese), please access the following link:

Guiding Opinions on Strengthening the Prevention and Control of Industrial Solid Waste Pollution (Yue Huan Fa No. 10 [2018])

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