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New incinerator to open in 2013

SHANGHAI is soon to have its third and biggest incineration plant, located next to the coastal Laogang garbage landfill site which processes most of the city's daily trash.

The Laogang incineration plant is due to be complete by the end of 2012 and open in 2013, the manager of the project said yesterday.

It will burn 3,000 tons of trash every day by its first phase, with capacity doubled in expansions. The two existing incinerators deal with 2,500 tons of trash a day.

Meanwhile, garbage sorters could be helping Shanghai families separate their trash for recycling within a few years, according to the local Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.

Employing sorters is one initiative for reducing daily garbage output authorities are considering.

Accurate garbage separation will reduce the amount of garbage waiting to be processed, and ensure a less environmentally harmful trash burning operation, according to the environmental watchdog.

Large amounts of liquid and oil contained in food waste left among other trash make it more difficult to control burning temperatures, increasing pollution concerns.

The government has decided to build or expand dedicated storage sites in more downtown areas and deploy staff there to remove kitchen leftovers from the daily trash before they are transported to the processing plants.

And trained staff could be sent to neighborhoods to sort out kitchen trash as soon as it is dumped.

The city now is able to separate 620 tons of kitchen waste from the total 20,000-ton garbage output a day.

It is planned that by the end of next year 800 tons of leftovers could be set aside for treatment, said Huang Xinghua, deputy director with the Greenery and Sanitation Bureau.


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