tment reached 75 million tons in 2017, 2.3 times that of 2012. Meanwhile, about 40 million tons of ind
ustrial hazardous waste was generated in 202 major cities across the country in 2017, according to the ministry.
China, however, still lacks a sound system for hazardous waste management. According to an enforcement
report of the Solid Waste Control Law released by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, the to
p legislature, in November 2017, the total amount of hazardous waste in the country remains unverified.
Over 40 percent of China’s capacity for processing hazardous waste oft
en remains idle. Every year, more than half of the hazardous waste generated across the cou
ntry was utilized or disposed of by its respective producers, and most of this activity was unsupervised, the report said.
Wang Yi, a member of the NPC Committee of Environment Pr
otection and Resources Conservation Committee, told China Daily in March that sup
ervisors lack a clear idea of how much hazardous waste is being produced annually nationwide.