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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Frank Tang

Frank Tang

Frank Tang joined the SCMP in 2016 after a decade of China economy coverage and government policy analysis.