October 2016

The quantity of municipal solid waste generated in China’s cities has increased fivefold between 1980 and 2009, from 85,000 tons to 430,000 tons per day, and is projected to reach 1.6 million tons per day by 2030. The majority of waste in China goes to landfills or unregulated waste heaps outside major cities. As China’s landfills continue to pile up, cities are turning to burning waste to generate electricity at waste-to-energy plants.  Another major source of total waste in landfills is construction waste.