context: China is the world’s largest lead-acid battery producer and consumer. In 2017, the country produced over 40 percent of the world’s lead-acid batteries, which generated around 3.8 million tonnes of spent batteries. This policy will aid formation of a more standardised lead-acid recycling industry.

Ministry of Ecology and Environment and eight other agencies issued a joint action plan on 25 Jan to address spent lead-acid battery pollution.

The policy specifies

  • key targets
    • by 2020, lead-acid battery producers should increase collection rate of spent lead-acid batteries to 40 percent
    • by 2025, producers should increase collection rate to 70 percent
    • collected batteries should be safely disposed of
  • key tasks
    • promoting green development of lead-acid battery industry
      • setting up key lead-acid battery manufacturer list
      • cracking down on illegal production and sales
      • promoting clean production
      • promoting lead-acid producer responsibility extension system
    • improving lead-acid battery collection system
      • improving relevant legislation
      • piloting centralised battery collection
      • enhancing regulation on vehicle maintenance and repair industry
      • standarisiding management of hazardous waste from secondary lead
    • punishing illegal activities
    • implementing favourable tax policies
    • setting up inspection and accountability system
    • encouraging public participation