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Rethink on trash plant after public protests

A DISTRICT government in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, has shelved a proposal to build a trash incinerator after a public outcry.

Hundreds of residents worried about property values and environmental problems had taken to the street to voice their protest, yesterday's People's Daily reported.

The government has postponed the project and will invite public comments over site selection before rewriting the proposal in 2011, Tan Jihua, the Party secretary of Panyu District, told residents.

Meanwhile, the government will promote trash sorting and explore ways to reduce the amount of garbage, Tan said.

The government will hear public comments over the type and site of the new trash disposal facilities, particularly from bureaus of environmental protection, planning and state land resources as well as experts and residents.

It will publicize the new proposal's details before the site is selected by the end of 2012.

District officials said the government will launch a trial operation of classified trash collection in some residential quarters and schools and will later expand it to the district -- home to 2.5 million people.

The government will help cut the cost of household trash disposal equipment and promote its use to more local families to cut trash output.

In this way, Guangzhou's problem can be under control for five years, officials said.

The Guangzhou government announced its proposal to build a trash incinerator in Panyu's Huijiang Village earlier this year to cope with an increasing amount of trash. The city produces 12,000 tons a day, nearly double that of a decade ago.

Authorities began searching for an incinerator site in 2003 and settled on the proposed site in 2006, but this sparked strong protests from nearby residents who worried about the health implications.


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