No one loves that trash smell in the morning, and certainly not Beijing residents who have complained about a landfill at the city's edge. Chinese officials will respond to the Asuwei dump crisis by installing 100 deodorant guns that can literally cover up the problem temporarily with the sweeter smell of fragrance, The Guardian reports.
Each gun can spray gallons of fragrance per minute over distances of 164 feet (50 m), and are made by Chinese firms based on German and Italian technology. Officials also expect to add more plastic layers to cover the site and try to keep the smell down, but all these represent just temporary fixes for a city of 17-million people producing more trash than it can handle.
Recycling remains at a measly 4 percent of all rubbish for Beijing, compared to a 25 percent recycling rate for London or 36 percent for New York. A Beijing waste expert told The Guardian that landfill and treatment sites in Beijing would all fill up in just four years.
Trash incineration takes care of just 2 percent of Beijing's waste, but building new incinerators has run into a growing "not-in-my-backyard" movement from Beijing residents who have safety fears about the incinerators. Presumably they're less concerned about the giant fragrance guns.
Aside from the usual recycling and waste treatment solutions, perhaps greater public awareness of where all their coffee cups go could go some ways toward boosting greener practices. MIT has already begun a trash-tracking program that follows thousands of pieces of trash in U.S. and other cities.
[via The Guardian]
Send it to the sun. Haha, just kidding. I remember reading something saying that it would be illegal to do that even though we leave tons of space debris floating right above our atmosphere.
Stupid... but I suppose when you have 2 billion people to look after and all that comes with that size population, you just have to try anything and everything.
Maybe China should ration its food and decline its medical services(or what they have) to the EXTREME!!!
So instead of showering, you just put on cologne???
Not only will it stink from the garbage, but a mixture of that and eau de toilet as well.
Great solution, comrades. You guys never cease to amaze me.
that is really smart (virtual sarcasm).
do they not have any volcanoes to dump their trash in? i wonder what would happen if i sparked up a lighter near that deodorant gun? no volcanoes in China? maybe they should dig deeper holes, and harvest methane gas.
or they could extend the borders of china by building giant floating dock-borders built of trash..
wow ...wont that make the air worse?
Unbelievable :) why not try recycling?
@King.. It's already bad.. what's a little worse =)
Yeah, I bet the air is bad...especially when the corpses of 21 newborn babies are tossed on the ground by the river by greedy hospital staff looking to make a quick yuan by not properly burying them.
That's just not right.
I'm surprised the Chinese government puts up with the "not in my back yard" arguement.
What is the point of a Communist Totalitarian State if you don't do whatever is best for the PEOPLE, while ignoring the plight of any one person?
Yeah...great. Less real solutions and more smelly chemicals. Even if what they were hosing the landfills down with were somehow environmentally friendly, the point would still be it's not a real solution to make a landfill smell good.
I mean what the hell? That's like walking your dog, letting your dog shit in someone else's yard, and then spraying cologne on it or something. That doesn't change the fact your dog's shit is in someone else's yard.
It's disappointing, their government isn't the only one coming up with these cosmetic type solutions instead of trying to solve the real problem. Society won't be improving any time soon with that type of thinking...
First off,blaxpear, a technicality -- they haven't hit the 2 billion mark [yet]. Second,Ivan Malagurski, they would have to build a great many recycling plants with such a large population, i.e., north of 1.3 billion, last I saw. Further, Chinese are like many other people in Asia (where I've lived most of the past quarter-century, about a third of that time in China): trash is to be dropped on the spot. Walking down the sidewalk and you stop and buy an ice cream? No rubbish bin right there? -- no problem! Rip off the wrapper and drop it on the sidewalk! If there's a stick, ditto! Problem solved!
On the other hand, they do recycle stuff we would never even think of, and re-purpose in imaginative ways. For example, I once bought what would have been a very rickety desk had pieces of sheet metal been nailed to the legs, including one extolling the virtues of a one-time successor to Chairman Mao. He had fallen into disgrace years before I saw and bought the desk (and he and his entire family died in a mysterious "accidental" plane crash as he tried to flee across to the then-Soviet Union). I've seen cans flattened and used to patch holes in walls. My (ex-) Mother-in-law in Beijing once made some clothes lines from a pair of pants my The right size plastic bag makes a great emergency rain hat (and I see it often during the rainy season in Bangkok, where I now live). Once saw a shop owner who sold, among other things, rifles, hand-making a barrel from a length of water pipe. (The local "minority nationality," which is something like a tribe, could own long guns under very strict conditions.) I've seen perfectly serviceable boats with their hulls made from bomb casings. I've also seen people who sewed old newspapers into their clothes in winter for insulation against the bitter cold in northern China.
The list goes on.
But there isn't a sense of civic duty in exactly the same way as we think of it, certainly not when it comes to recycling and the like, though that's changing.
A lot worse than the garbage fills are public restrooms, which are like cinder block or brick outhouses. In summer, the stench is so overpowering that if you can possibly hold it until you can get to a proper toilet (or at least a less smelly one) -- you do. But they do religiously recycle the leavings in those public toilets -- to use as fertilizer on the rice fields, etc.!
I would seriously like to know more about this equipment. Is there a manufacturer web site? Or one from the German and Italian groups you mentioned? I am not interested in scenting up landfills but in other more useful applications. Thank you very much.