On 4 March the PRC officially approved the "Administrative Regulations for Recycling and Disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Products" which will come into effect on 1 January 2011. China already has RoHS measures, effective from 1 March 2007, similar to the EU provisions, which cover domestic and imported electronic information products (including parts) that are to be sold in China. In addition regulations exist as to the prevention and control of pollution resulting from the dismantling, utilisation and disposal of electronic waste. The China WEEE Regulations will regulate activities relating to the recycling and treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment and imposes significant obligations on manufacturers in this respect, including a requirement to contribute to a WEEE Treatment Fund. More details will follow in our next alert as to the PRC's approach to the environmental risks from electrical and electronic products.