Waste Management

Waste Management

How the coronavirus is delivering more rubbish problems in China
For weeks, streets were empty and shops closed in cities across China as millions of people stayed in to curb the spread of the coronavirus. But for Xu Yuanhong, 35, who runs a garbage-sorting company in Beijing, business has never been better. “When people stay home, they have more time on their hands to produce more rubbish,” said Xu, whose company Ai Fenlei processes about 900 tons of rubbish every day. Since February, when the Chinese capital went into partial lockdown, Ai Fenlei has had to handle 20% more garbage each day than usual, with much of the extra waste packaging from deliveries. With the temporary closure of brick-and-mortar stores and consumers confined to their homes, the c
China Trends: a ban on imported garbage and an air conditioning controversy
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about. No more imported waste The Chinese government said it would try to eliminate all garbage imports by the end of 2020, a decision that would mean 2.74 million tons of solid waste would need to find a new home.  In early-2018, China announced it would stop importing certain grades of solid waste that is typically recycled. The government announcement on June 2 would extend that ban to practically all forms of garbage from abroad. The US, Australia and the European Union are among the top regions that export their waste to
Inside a Chinese village trying to go ‘zero waste’
A small village on a hillside in central China is leading the way in addressing one of the great issues of the modern era – how to eliminate humanity's impact on the environment. Only some 20 residents, all of them elderly, remain in the village of Liantang in Guiyang county, Hunan province. The rest have moved away over the years, seeking the opportunities and modern conveniences of urban life. But one man has returned to the place where he was born and raised, determined to remake it as a zero-waste community. Tan Yiyong, 39, founded a non-profit organization in 2013 called Jiao Dao Xiao Dao, promoting waste sorting as well as an eco enzyme which can be made out of household scraps and use
Shanghai uses gags, memes to make sense of new recycling rules
What’s new in Shanghai? Residents of China’s wealthy eastern megacity have embarked on an all-consuming learning spree to identify garbage types, as new recycling rules take effect.  On Sunday, local officials held city-wide events to educate residents about four types of household waste, a day before regulations on garbage sorting went into force on July 1.   At the central business district of Jingan, performers struck forceful beats on tall garbage cans in a synchronized drum performance. Other districts like Yangpu adapted the lyrics of a hit song into garbage sorting lore.  “Hey there food waste, all your herbal dregs, eggshell, fruit peels, and leftovers, can become awesome compost!” a
China's war on garbage heats up at home
After banning 24 types of trash imported from overseas last year, China’s war on garbage is continuing at home. The affluent metropolis of Shanghai is adopting strict rules and fines in a battle against waste. From July 1, Shanghai’s residents will be required by law to sort garbage into four different categories – or they could face fines. The regulation is an example of China’s reignited country-wide campaign to reign in out-of-control city waste, as cities across the country struggle to find space for piling trash. Hangzhou, another eastern Chinese megacity, was reported to have run out of space in the 400-foot-deep rural valley in which it dumped its trash. The valley, equivalent to the
China’s waste ban has turned Southeast Asia into the world’s dumping ground
Ever since China banned the import of most types of plastic waste in 2018, countries including the United States and Germany have sought to find somewhere else to send their trash. Now, Southeast Asia has become the world’s new dumping ground for plastic waste, and countries including Malaysia have seen a huge jump in waste imports. In 2018, Indonesia saw a 141% jump in plastic waste imports from the year before, according to government statistics. Residents in the Malaysian town of Jenjarom say many Chinese recyclers moved their businesses there, but dozens were suspected to be operating without proper permits, prompting a government crackdown.  Watch the video above for more.
China doesn’t want the world’s trash anymore
China isn't taking the world’s trash anymore, and it's becoming a problem. Ever since China banned the import of low-grade waste in early 2018, nations like the United States, Australia, and United Kingdom have been struggling to find a place to put their garbage. First they looked towards Southeast Asia, but then those nations also implemented a ban. Now smugglers are trying to import waste into China – and over 1,000 tons have been found are being sent back to the US. Check out our video, above, for more.