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Burning trash into power is not sustainable; China should learn from Denmark and move away from incineration

By JJY As we have seen in the Sound Group case, China has embarked on a vast program to deal with the MSW issue – burn’em all! As incineration reduces waste volume significantly thus requires much less land, China raised the target incineration rate of garbage to 35% in the nation under the 12th five-year […]

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Waste Management: Where to Begin?

By Caroline Municipal solid waste (MSW) is a growing concern. The graph below highlights the escalating rate of MSW generation in America, which is exacerbated by a decline in the number of active landfills.1,2 While the per capita waste generation seems to be stabilizing and the levels of recycling are increasing, we are still not […]

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The story behind the protest in China against planned incineration plants

By Y. C. People in China have made it very clear that incineration plants are not welcomed there. They would rather have landfills and coal fired plants, even though those facilities cause severe ground water contamination and air pollution. But as a comparison, China’s neighbor Japan has above 75% of its waste incinerated, and only […]

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In Designing its Policy for Waste Removal, China Should Look to Europe

By Lauren Burrows As China struggles to deal with rapid urbanization and removal of increasing levels of municipal solid waste (“MSW”), it should look to Europe as its model. Because Europe has historically been space constrained and has not had the flexibility to build more landfills “out of sight and out of mind,” as has […]

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Composting in the USA — an Entrepreneur’s Perspective

By Eileen O’Neill My brother has owned a design, engineering and build compost services company in Seattle for 20 years — Compost Systems.  He has installed systems in 20 locations (frequently locations contain more than one system), 6 of which are in Canada, one is in Poland and the rest in the US. After our […]

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