Imagine a place where trash covers the streets like a thin blanket of dirty snow. With every step, you hear the crunch of a plastic bottle, and garbage floats through the air. Cars drive by, and more trash flies out their windows and onto the sidewalk. Trash cans sit on every corner, but the gentleman sitting next to you drops an empty cigarette pack onto the ground instead. This is modern urban China, where waste is abundant and littering has become the norm.
As the fastest developing major country, China produces about 300 millions tons of waste a year, most of which comes from its large cities. By 2025, China will likely be producing nearly 562 million tons of waste per year.