Date
19 November 2017
Hospital waste materials are made into plastic pellets (lower inset) that are later turned into tableware (upper inset) and toys. Photos: jiangsu.china.com.cn
Hospital waste materials are made into plastic pellets (lower inset) that are later turned into tableware (upper inset) and toys. Photos: jiangsu.china.com.cn

3 arrested in Nanjing over illegal recycling of hospital waste

Three people were arrested in Qixia district of Nanjing, the capital of eastern China’s Jiangsu province, in a police crackdown on a group recycling and reselling hospital waste without license.

The materials are turned into plastic products such as children’s toys and tableware, thepaper.cn reports.

Police said the group bought used medical products such as urine drainage bags and blood collection tubes from several local hospitals for 800 to 1,000 yuan (US$115-US$144) a month for resale.

In August, police found massive amounts of medical waste that gave off a huge stink at a waste recycling station in Qixia district.

Investigation showed that over the past years, the group had bought more than 3,000 metric tons of hospital waste worth about 40 million yuan, police said.

It’s illegal for the hospitals to deal with the group as medical waste can only be sold to registered waste recycling companies.

Those who harm the environment as a result of improper disposal of medical waste can be charged with violating anti-pollution and environmental laws, and may face up to seven years’ imprisonment.

Police said the used medical materials bought by the group were turned into plastic pellets and then sold to manufacturers of toys, tableware and other products all over the country, news website Sina.com.cn reported.

Tableware products sold in Zhejiang province were found to have been made of recycled medical waste.

Police are continuing the investigation to determine which products and places are connected to the group’s recycling business.

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