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“Two out of five of Shanghai’s landfills are already filled today. The other three would definitely be full by now if it wasn’t for them.
2018/01/29 09:57
A 2015 report found that China was responsible for one-third of all plastic waste polluting the world’s oceans.
2018/01/29 09:57
An informal recycler pushes his tricycle in Shanghai, China.
2018/01/29 10:02
Shanghai Daily reported in 2015 that the city’s residents were generating some 22,000 tons of garbage per day, at least 40 percent of which was being incinerated. Experts say the waste problem in China is getting worse every year.
2018/01/29 10:02
The World Bank has estimated that China’s solid waste production will more than double to 500 million tons annually by 2025.
2018/01/29 10:02
Chinese authorities have begun to make domestic waste  management a priority. Last year, China told the World Trade Organization that it would no longer be accepting 24 categories of imported waste from other nations, sending shockwaves across Europe and North America,
2018/01/29 10:03
“For years, there have been no government recycling trucks or recycling bins in the city. There are no trash sorting sites either ― so everything gets dumped into one truck and incinerated or brought to a landfill,” said Huang, who rode in garbage collection trucks managed by the city government as part of her research
2018/01/29 10:03
What’s known about the informal recycling sector in Shanghai is that individual collectors like Mr. Wang bring their items either to a recycling market, where they’ll be further sorted, or to an industrial recycling plant, where the recycling of the materials actually takes place. What is not transparent is who runs these recycling plants and whether these facilities and their owners are following legal practices that are sound for human health and the environment.
2018/01/29 10:04