On February 25, 2009, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao signed a Decree to lay down the responsibilities of manufacturers, importers, retailers, after service providers and recycling firms, concerning waste electrical and electronic products.
Effective January 1, 2011, manufacturers and importers are required to comply with the related administrative measures on the control of pollution caused by electrical and electronic products. The products should be made from non-toxic or low-toxic materials. Hazardous materials content and recycling marks should be indicated on the products and/or in the user manuals. A penalty of RMB 50,000 will be incurred to manufacturers and importers for the absence of the required information.