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Trash incinerator delayed after public outrage

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

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

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

Meanwhile, the government will promote trash sorting and explore ways to reduce 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.

Guangzhou government announced the proposal to build a trash incinerator in Panyu's Huijiang Village earlier this year to cope with the city's sharply increasing trash, which will soon overtake existing capacity. The city produces 12,000 tons of trash a day, nearly double that of a decade ago.


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