China produces more than 80 million tons of hazardous waste per year, instead of the official figure of 40 million tons.
Therefore, the total capacity for hazardous waste treatment in the country is insufficient, according to Wang.
The utilization rate of the capacity for hazardous waste dispo
sal also remains low. According to data that the Ministry of Ecology a
nd Environment provided to the NPC Standing Committee in 2017, only about 25 percent of China’s capacity was
in full operation and data from other sources also shows low utilization rates, Wang said.
“Some enterprises have failed to build sound systems for hazardous waste manageme
nt as required, or failed to implement them,” Wang said, adding that some companies had turned a blind eye to loo
pholes in the production process that could result in hazardous waste leakage.
In one case, Baoxun Precision Screws Co Ltd in Zhejiang province was found to have dumped about 1,072 tons of hazardou
s sludge into the Yangtze River in Anhui and Jiangsu provinces from July 2016 to May 2017.