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UPDATED: December 4, 2008 NO. 45 NOV. 6, 2008
Circular Economy Promotion Law of the People's Republic of China
Adopted at the fourth session of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress on August 29, 2008
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The people's governments in urban areas as well as owners or users of buildings shall take measures to enhance the maintenance and management of the buildings to extend their service lives. The people's governments in urban areas shall not demolish any building which meets the city planning and construction standards and is within its reasonable service life, unless for public interests.

Article 26 Service enterprises engaging in restaurant, entertainment and hotel shall use products that save energy, water and material and are conductive to protecting the environment, and reduce the use of or not use products that waste resources and pollute the environment.

Newly-built service enterprises engaging in restaurant, entertainment and hotel after the implementation of the Law shall adopt technologies, devices and facilities that save energy, water and materials and are conductive to protecting the environment.

Article 27 The state encourages and supports the use of reclaimed water. In areas where the use of reclaimed water is possible, the use of tap water for urban road cleaning, greening and landscaping is restricted or prohibited.

Article 28 The state shall restrict the production and sale of disposable consumption products with the prerequisite of safeguarding product safety and sanitation. The catalogue of the said products shall be formulated by the general administration for developing circular economy under the State Council with other competent departments of finance and environmental protection under the State Council.

With respect to the production and sale of disposable consumption products included in the catalogue provided in the preceding Paragraph, competent departments of finance, taxation and foreign trade under the State Council shall formulate restrictive tax and export measures.

Chapter IV Reusing and Recycling

Article 29 The people's governments at or above the county level shall make a comprehensive plan of the regional economic layout, reasonably regulate the industrial structure, promote the cooperation among enterprises on the comprehensive use of resources, and realize the high efficient use and cycling use of resources.

Industrial parks of various types shall organize the enterprises inside to carry out comprehensive use of resources and promote development of circular economy.

The state encourages enterprises in various types of industrial parks to exchange wastes for use, adopt cascade utilization of energy, intensive use of land and classified and recycling use of water, and share infrastructure and other related facilities.

Newly-built and reconstructed industrial parks of various types shall make an environmental influence assessment in accordance with law and take ecological-protection and pollution-control measures to ensure that environment quality in the parks meets provided standards.

Article 30 Enterprises shall make a comprehensive utilization of fly ash, gangue, tailing, lean material, scrap material, exhaust gas and other industrial wastes generated in production.

Article 31 Enterprises shall develop a series water system and cycling water system to improve the water reuse rate.

Enterprises shall adopt advanced technologies, processes and equipment to recycle waste water generated in production.

Article 32 Enterprises shall use advanced or proper reclaiming technologies, processes and equipment to make a comprehensive utilization of remaining heat, pressure, etc. generated in production.

Where any enterprise builds a grid-connected power generation project utilizing remaining heat and pressure, coalbed gas and low-calorie fuels including gangue, slime, garbage, etc., it shall obtain an administrative license or report for filing in accordance with laws and provisions of the State Council. Power grid enterprises shall, in accordance with provisions of the state, conclude grid connection agreements with enterprises engaging in generating power by using resources comprehensively, provide grid connection services, and purchase the on-grid electricity of the grid-connected power generation project at a full amount.

Article 33 Construction enterprises shall make a comprehensive utilization of construction wastes generated in construction. If they are unable to do so, they shall consign qualified producers and operators to make a comprehensive utilization or bio-safety disposal of such wastes.

Article 34 The state encourages and supports agricultural producers and relevant enterprises to employ advanced or applicable technologies to make a comprehensive utilization of straws of crops, excrements of poultry and livestock, by-products from the processing of agricultural products and waste agricultural films, and develop and use marsh gas and other biomass energies.

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