Chinese cities have begun separating their recyclable garbage through waste sorting policies, to ease the burden on landfill sites. Photo: AFP

Will nationwide waste sorting solve China’s landfill problem?

  • Landfill sites around the country are filling up ahead of time, adding urgency to the authorities’ need to cut the amount sent to them
  • Rubbish sorting schemes in cities led by Shanghai have followed a boom in building incineration plants
Topic |   Environment

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Chinese cities have begun separating their recyclable garbage through waste sorting policies, to ease the burden on landfill sites. Photo: AFP
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Villager Keman sitting amongst plastic waste in the village of Bangun, Indonesia. Photo: AFP

Trash equals cash in Indonesia as villagers profit from China’s move to stop importing foreign garbage

  • China’s decision to block international waste sent the recycling industry into chaos, with huge quantities of rubbish being redirected to Southeast Asia
  • Greenpeace has warned that plastics prosperity comes at a huge environmental and public health cost, but locals say they are making a tidy profit
Topic |   Indonesia

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Villager Keman sitting amongst plastic waste in the village of Bangun, Indonesia. Photo: AFP
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