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Beijing to boost household waste treatment capacity


18:51, April 28, 2013

BEIJING, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Beijing is speeding up the construction of garbage treatment facilities, hoping to bring the city's daily household waste handling capacity to 24,000 tonnes by the end of 2015.

In the meantime, Beijing will increase the proportion of waste treated through incineration or biochemical means to more than 70 percent, in a bid to leave less than 30 percent of such waste in landfills, according to a three-year plan recently released by the municipal government.

It is estimated that Beijing's more than 20 million residents produce about 17,700 tonnes of household garbage every day, 50 percent of which ends up in landfills.

By 2015, Beijing will have overhauled 253 informal landfills, according to the plan.

Also, Beijing will further strengthen waste control regulations in areas linking urban and rural areas and build up a specialized team of garbage collectors in rural areas.

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