EPISODE 5: BURNING WASTE – CHINA’S QUICK SOLUTION TO OCEAN PLASTICS
14 MAY 2018
China is trying to find the solutions to its immense waste crisis. According to World Bank numbers, the country is currently dealing with 200 million tonnes of garbage a year. Landfills are crammed and a burden to their surrounding communities. To solve this, China is building more waste-to-energy plants than the rest of the world combined. But is this the right direction?
JENNIFER TURNER, WOODROW WILSON CENTER
DOUG WOODRING, OCEAN RECOVERY ALLIANCE
NICKOLAS J. THEMELIS, WASTE-TO-ENERGY RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL
CHRISTINE LOH, HKUST AND CIVIC EXCHANGE
MAO DA, ROCK ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY INSTITUTE
3:12 Waste-to-Energy in China
7:19 Challenges with Waste-to-Energy
10:25 Is WTE a Necessary Part of Waste Management?
Further Reading & Listening
Website: Waste-to-Energy in China, China’s Renewable Energy Goals by 2050, Trends in Solid Waste Management