China was once the dumping ground for half the world’s rubbish. But with 1.4 billion citizens, they are now struggling to cope with their own. Beijing alone produces 25,000 tonnes of trash a day.
Hundreds of thousands of scavengers eke out a living trawling for rubbish in the streets of the nation’s capital. But the nation’s war on waste is edging them out.
The government is modernising its waste management – pushing for industrial-scale recycling, shutting down small-time incinerators and proposing to restrict single-use plastic items like takeaway containers.
101 East lifts the lid on China’s rubbish crisis.