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Anti Incineration Efforts in China: Two Plants Canceled in One Week

| Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2016 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Shlomo Dowen of United Kingdom Without Incineration Network has been following developments in China, where despite the difficulty of communities communicating with each other, citizens groups have resorted to demonstrations to force local officials to halt plans for garbage burning in two locales, Nanxian in Hunan Province and Haian County in Zhejiang Province, in one week.

The Associated Press reported:

For the second time in a week, a Chinese city has announced it would halt plans for a garbage incinerator project following angry protests by residents that underscore growing concern over threats to public health.  The government of Nanxian (NAN’-she-ahn) in the southern province of Hunan said Thursday in a public notice that it would cease all work related to the project and would not start up again without public support.

China is faced with the mounting challenge of disposing solid waste generated in ever-larger cities. However, public distrust runs deep as people question their local governments’ ability to properly plan, build and manage trash incinerators.  When those projects move ahead, public anger is often stirred over fears they would cause air, water and soil pollution.

Without a voice inside the city hall, residents usually resort to street protests. Local governments tend to cave in to calm public sentiments and keep order, while seeking to punish those who have initiated the protests, leaving garbage disposal an unsolved problem.

Read the full story here from the U.K’s Daily Mail, April 28, 2015

About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Waste to Wealth initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is a member of ILSR’s Board of Directors.

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