China aims to boost its recycling industry so it is worth 1.8 trillion yuan (£183bn) by 2015 as part of a circular economy initiative.
The drive comes in a strategy from China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) which also included an objective to increase economic output per unit of resource use by 15% by the end of 2015.
The NDRC’s national plan to initiate the development of a circular economy has been published on its website.
The ambitious aims include building nationwide industrial and agricultural systems to allow more recycling of resources and the promotion of green consumption, according to a report in China Daily.
An NDRC spokesperson said: “It’s imperative for China to speed up developing the circular economy as the country sees continuously growing energy and resource demand, piling waste and rising pressure in tackling climate changes.”