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The people over at chinaSMACK translated Chinese posts  from Tiexue, ifeng, and Mop about a Pig farm in China.  But this isn’t your ordinary pig farm.  These pigs are raised on Chinese garbage.  See the photos.


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.”

Read more here.

Global Village of Beijing, an environmental, non-profit organization, has undertaken a program where it supplies earthworms to residents for the purpose of reducing waste from kitchen scraps. Read more here.

From AFP:

“Workers in central China have fished 3,800 tonnes of rubbish out of the Three Gorges Dam in just six days, state media said, as the trash threatened to jam up the massive structure.”

The Epoch Times reports that “Hong Kong has topped the list of most waste-producing countries in the world, generating 6.34 million tons of garbage in 2009.” Citing figures originally reported from the South China Morning Post, the article states “[t]he major dilemma facing [Hong Kong] now is that landfills where waste is being dumped are filling up fast, with most expected to be at full capacity by 2015[.]”

Read more.

March 25, 2010
Source: Hangzhou Daily (杭州日报)

This afternoon, the city of Hangzhou, in Zhejiang Province, will officially launch a garbage separation system.

In the new separation system, the garbage bins will have two colors: yellow and green. Yellow represents normal garbage, while the green represents kitchen garbage (厨房垃圾).

See the original (Chinese) article here.

Guangzhou Daily News
March 24, 2010

Yesterday, Guangzhou implemented a trial run of its first food-waste treatment plant, located on Yanling Road, in the Yuexiu District, representing the first time the Guangzhou Municipal Government has put into operation a treatment plant for food-waste.

Project Leader, Mei Yaowu of Beijing’s Jiabo Wensheng Bio-Technology Co., Ltd., introduced the plant with its total of three “machines,” and disclosed that the investment in the food-waste plant totaled over 2 million Yuan. Each of the three “machines” will be able to dispose of 400 kilograms of food-waste every 8 hours. The food-waste treatment plant is expected to be fully operational starting on March 26, 2010.

A reporter on the scene yesterday saw garbage transported to the treatment plant after the initial stage of manual sorting. After the larger garbage items such as beverage bottles, plastic plates, and plastic bags were sorted out of the mix, the rest of the food-waste was thrown into the “machine” along with corn bran, peanut shells and other materials, used to change the moisture content of garbage. “China’s food-waste moisture content is high, we want to reduce it from its current moisture level of 85% to 60% since a lower moisture level it is more suitable for fermentation.” Wu said that at the same time, staff would also like to add a 1:10000 ratio of high-temperature composite microorganisms, after an 8-hour exposure to high-temperature oxygen, the degradation of the fermentation process, the decomposition of plant protein and animal protein digestion, the final output of the high energy, high-viable, high-protein microbial regeneration of colonies, further deep-processing and manufacturing into a bio-feed or microbial fertilizer microbial agent applied to ecological farming and organic farming.

Currently, technical staff says that the output from the food-waste treatment plant will be useful for the “Nongjiale” project (I think this means something along the lines of rural development –BG), to find outlets for these fertilizers. One ton of food-waste, after being treated through this food-waste treatment plant, can result in the output of 0.6 tons of recycled colonies. After further processing output of fertilizer can replace chemical fertilizer use, which not only helps to improve soil, but also reduces the price of conventional fertilizer products. Wu further stated that in October, they will launch another type of disposal technology that aims at the disposal of individually-generated garbage.

See the original (Chinese) article here:

Note: This is my rough translation of the article. There could be mistakes.

Hong Kong-based photographer Alex Hoffard recently visited Hong Kong’s South Soko Islands. The photos he took display an array of discarded plastic items including lighters, plastic toys, medicinal waste, bottles, Styrofoam, and tiny “nurdles.”

The beaches of South Soko Islands, reports Hoffard, are actually cleaner now than when Hong Kong University Ecotoxicologist Nico Zurcher had visited the islands.

It’s hard to say precisely where this garbage came from, or how the marine life that lie dead on the beaches of the South Soko Islands ultimately met their fate. But the largest garbage generator in the world is conspicuously close to the islands.

View Hoffard’s original post here.

Two Chinese universities will host presentations on environmental legal issues later this month. The presentations are part of the Vermont Law School’s USAID-funded “U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law“.

Beijing’s China University of Political Science & Law (CUPL) (中国政法大学) will hold the first round of presentations, which will be on December 22. The next round of presentations will be held at Guangzhou’s Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) (中山大学) from December 27-29.

The presentations will consist of research conducted by Vermont Law School and CUPL / SYSU students. The topics cover a wide array of issues in environmental law, from garbage and  e-waste to renewable energy and climate change.  The presentations will largely be based upon comparative analysis between the two countries.

These presentations come at a crucial time for environmental law, as United Nation talks on climate change opened earlier this week in Copenhagen, Denmark.  China and the U.S. are seen as the two key players in preventing “catastrophic” climate change.

The presenters are:
1) Patrick Munson (VLS)  & Zheng Ronghui (CUPL)  – Legal Avenues For Dealing With China’s Ecological Footprint
2) Joseph Starnes (VLS) & Song Lina (CUPL) – The Future And Viability Of Nuclear Power In China
3) Brandon Gillin (VLS) & Yu Lijie (CUPL) – Keeping Up With Chinese Consumerism: Offsetting China’s Individually-Generated Garbage With Regulatory And Social Mechanisms
4) Amy Driscoll (VLS) & Wu Shihang (SYSU) – E-Waste in China
5) Michael Rohwer (VLS) & Chen Huizhen (SYSU) – Using Renewable Portfolio Standards To Encourage Foreign Investment In China’s Renewable Energy Marketplace

Further reading:

CUPL Assistant Director Zhu Yong Meets With Delegates From Vermont Law School (Chinese)

It was reported today that the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) is pushing to have garbage-disposal issues addressed at the United Nations “COP 15” talks, which began earlier this week.

Poor garbage-disposal, especially in developing countries, greatly increase carbon dioxide levels in the Earth’s atmosphere, and therefore are relevant to climate change.

ISWA President Atilio A. Savino said that underdeveloped countries lack suitable strategies for their waste disposal.  Statistics compiled by ISWA indicate that in countries such as China, Mexico and South Africa, over half of household trash is disposed in illegal dumping sites.