The Economic Observer, a Chinese publication, reports that the garbage problem is beginning to adversely effect the development of small to medium-sized Chinese cities.

The Observer states that “[o]ut of the 668 cities in China, two-thirds are surrounded by garbage and one-quarter do not contain landfills. The total area of land covered in garbage in China has reached over 500 million square meters, resulting in an annual loss of about 30 billion yuan.”

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