China’s massive urbanisation programme has also produced a mountain of unwanted construction waste. Photo: AFP

China counts the environmental cost of its construction boom, as 1.5 billion tonnes of waste created every year, report says

  • Only 100 million tonnes are properly processed and even household rubbish gets more attention from local governments
  • In comparison, developed nations like the US and Japan recycle between 90 and 95 per cent of their construction waste, magazine report says
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China’s massive urbanisation programme has also produced a mountain of unwanted construction waste. Photo: AFP
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The north China province of Hebei is the subject of a new government audit to ensure officials there are not dodging national efforts to fight pollution. Photo: AFP

China launches environmental investigation in pollution-prone Hebei

  • Province produces 25 per cent of nation’s steel and is responsible for much of the smog drifting over Beijing
  • Audit began in Baoding and Langfang and will be extended to other cities next month, environment ministry publication says
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The north China province of Hebei is the subject of a new government audit to ensure officials there are not dodging national efforts to fight pollution. Photo: AFP
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