Archive for November, 2011
How much garbage do we throw away per year?
ANNUAL PER CAPITA MSW GENERATION
China: 692 Pounds (1.9 lbs / day)
US: 1,565 Pounds (4.3 lbs / day)
TALKING TRASH: Hangzhou’s Efforts to Make Waste Management “Clean and Direct” (Informal Sector Not Included)
Since 2009, Hangzhou has implemented a direct system of waste collection, taking rubbish from apartment units and other collection points straight to incineration or landfills. This was done both to streamline the collection process and eliminate small neighborhood transfer stations, long seen as a nuisance to residents due to their persistent odor and attractiveness to pests.
Jiangqiao Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Incineration Plant is one of the many incineration facilities in China that has become a target of public opposition in recent years. I took a look inside to see for myself what all the controversy is about. Check out what, besides a lost appetite, that visit produced.
KEEP ‘EM SEPARATED: Hangzhou Tries to Reduce Waste, Uses “Naming and Shaming” Tactic to Change Public Behavior
Hangzhou currently counts 8.7 million residents in its population. Each resident generates roughly 1.2 kg (2.64 lbs) of garbage per day, resulting in roughly 7,000 total tons of waste citywide daily. 100% of Hangzhou’s waste is treated innocuously, according to the Chinese government’s definition. This means it is either treated by incineration or composting, or disposed of in a sanitary landfill. At present, 48% of Hangzhou municipal solid waste (MSW) is incinerated, and 52% is landfilled; though that ratio regularly varies by about five percent.