Baoxun pays 1,550 yuan for each ton of sludge it sends

to qualified waste disposal operators. But it only paid 300 yuan per ton to individuals

who carted it away to carry out unauthorized disposals, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Qiu, the environmental official, also acknowledged that capac

ity for authorized hazardous waste treatment is unevenly distributed across the country and enterp

rises in areas with inadequate capacity could be dissuaded from lawful practices by high disposal costs.

“The country‘s complete industry chain means that we

generate a large variety of hazardous waste. The treatment is technically demand

ing and it can be hard for some regions to have the capacity to handle all types of hazardous waste,” he said.

Wang said most companies with treatment licenses are located in the Yangtze a

nd Pearl river deltas. The treatment capacity in regions with high discharge of hazardous waste, including Shand

ong, Henan and Hunan provinces and the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, however, remains insufficient.

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