Waste

Ningbo: Separating Waste at the Source, Maximizing Recycling

Home to around 3.5 million people on China’s east coast, Ningbo is a medium-sized city that is implementing an advanced waste separation, collection, and treatment strategy, with World Bank backing. The city is incentivizing separation of municipal waste at the source, before it is collected and either recycled or converted to energy. An anaerobic digestion facility for kitchen waste, the product of a public-private partnership, will be completed in 2018, with capacity for 30,000 m3 of organic waste per day. This will harvest natural gas produced from the decomposition process, which can be used for power or heat.

173,000 tons of CO2 equivalent per year will be saved by the kitchen waste treatment facility by 2019

Cities1002017

The project links with the national agenda and current Chinese Five-Year Plan, which explicitly requires a “sound collection and recycling system” for separated waste, as well as “promoting resource utilization and hazard free treatment of foods and other waste.” Citizens will benefit from better solid waste management, a cleaner environment and living conditions, and improved public health.

ZeroWaste_Ningbo4

The challenge

China produces around 300 million tons of waste per year, the majority of which ends up in landfill or at incineration plants. Ningbo’s new strategies aim to reverse this and create an environment that encourages recycling.

Co-benefits

Economic Increasing recycling rates provides access to cheaper resources, and separating organic waste allows for harvesting of natural gas for energy and heat.

Environmental The project will improve solid waste collection and separation at the household level in six urban districts in Ningbo, reducing the amount of waste sent to the existing landfill and incineration facilities.

Social Community workshops are designed to educate citizens and improve waste segregation at the source. Over the past four years, more than 1,750 training sessions have been organized, engaging 108,000 citizens.

  • Cities

  • Waste

  • Communities

  • 0
  • 0

Related Cities