2014.03.24  Garbage Landscape

The waste generated by growing urban populations is increasing worldwide. The majority of this waste is disposed of in landfills. To complicate matters, most landfills in China are located on the fringes of the cities and most of the projected city growth will be established on top of the landfills. Beijing is the most extreme example of this phenomenon. There, per capita waste production is much higher than in other Chinese regions, almost as high as that of developed countries. The total amount of existing solid waste in Beijing is currently more than 6 billion tons, occupying over 50,000 hectares of landfills. In planning future city development, we have a great opportunity to exploit this condition and turn the landfills into parks.