(Yicai Global) Dec. 20 -- Police in Nanjing have found more than 3,000 tons of medical waste which should have been destroyed in accordance with the law. Instead, collectors used the waste to process materials for counterfeit toys and plastic tableware in underground factories.
Nanjing police arrested three suspects for the CNY40 million (USD5.7 million) crime, and seized 13.5 tons of medical waste from the collection station they operated. Police have not disclosed the brands of toys and tableware involved.
Under Chinese law, medical waste must be disinfected and destroyed. Institutions unable to correctly dispose of such waste should seek appropriately qualified units, designated by the local government, to dispose of the waste on their behalf. Offenders will be fined and could be subject to a sentence of up to seven years in prison.