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Beijing Mobile Calls for Telecom Recycling Regulation

People's Daily Online, 3/25/08

Beijing Mobile deputy GM Wang Zhengwen yesterday suggested that the government regulate for the recycling of telecom equipment, handsets and batteries on a 'manufacturer recycles' basis. Wang pointed out that if each of China Mobile's (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) 370 mln subscribers change their mobile phone once every 1.2 years, 300 mln handsets a year will be discarded. Also, some telecom equipment will become outdated and cease to be of use.

Currently China has no effective battery recycling system.

An official with the Ministry of Information Industry (MII)'s Department of Economic System Reform and Economic Operations revealed that the establishment of a recycling mechanism and the responsibilities of manufacturers were looked into when the MII and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) were formulating regulations.

Keywords: Wang Zhengwen wireless 0941.HK battery Beijing Beijing Mobile China Mobile CHL MII mobile phone NDRC recycling regulation telecom telecom equipment Department of Economic System Reform and Economic Operations

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