How is China Handling its Recycling in 2012?
While developed countries such as the United States and Canada have been recycling for a long time, the country of China is just beginning to understand the importance of recycling. In May 2012 China is having its sixth International Recycling Conference and Exhibition in Beijing. This conference allows people from all over China and the world to meet and discuss new methods of recycling. Topics that will be discussed are the recycling of metal, such as steel, copper, and aluminum. Additional ways to recycle paper and plastic will also be discussed. In addition there will be exhibitions and information about emission control and solid waste management.
China already does a great job recycling aluminum cans, with an 85% recovery rate. This was achieved by government officials training the public the importance of recycling the cans. Neighborhoods actually have groups or teams that find cans and deliver them to recycling centers. Because it is difficult to find resources to manufacture new paper products, China has recycled paper for many years. People will often collect waste paper and carry large amounts of it on their bicycles to recycling centers.
China is trying to find new ways to recycle electronics, such as appliances, cell phones, and computers. Electronic waste is a major issue in China because often electronics and appliances which contain chemicals are not being disposed properly. Over two million tons of electronic waste is disposed each year in China. Rather than being broken down to reusable parts in a safe manner, it is taken to fields and just left. In other cases it is simply burned out in the open which is leading to dangerous chemicals being released into the air. Now Chinese officials are going to educate citizens to recycle electronic waste safely.
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