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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

China to set up recycling bases for electronic wastes

    BEIJING, May 16 (Xinhua) -- China is planning to set up recycling bases for electronic wastes, an official with the Ministry of Information Industry said Tuesday.

    Waste electric home appliances, deserted mobile phones and batteries bring heavy pollution to the environment and people's life, said the official who asked not to be identified.

    China would make a plan of electronic waste recycling and set up such bases in several regions, the official said. He did not tell when the bases would be finished.

    Investment in the recycling projects would be mainly from private investors, and the government would also give some financial support, the official added.

    Electronic waste recycling is blank in China and the new projects would boost a new industry, said the official.

    As electronic products develop very fast, more and more of themare being replaced by new ones. Deserted computers, handsets and so on heavily pollute the environment.

    Statistics show that one set of computer contains more than 700kinds of chemical materials, over 50 percent harmful to human beings.

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