Abandoned cars, electronic products, and steel waste are all turned into raw materials for iron-making
Pollution and climate warming are the main problems of this century. Recycling is often seen as a way to “pollute less”, but it can also become a way to “make a profit”. China’s decision to make recycling a small business begins in 2017, when China decided to ban foreign waste and instead encouraged the domestic recycling industry to make the best use of domestic resources.
To this goal of China, one of China’s strong points, that of digital technology, was soon added. Cities such as Beijing, Shenzhen and Hangzhou have all reported the emergence of Internet-based recycling, and many large companies have jumped on the bandwagon. Listed companies like Tianneng Group and Chilwee have been making inroads in regenerated lead, and metal companies like Jiangxi Copper Corporation Limited and Yunnan Copper (Group) Co. Ltd have been actively engaging in renewable resource sectors too.
Smart dustbins have been placed in colleges and communities in Lanzhou
To give further information on the Chinese strategy is Niu Zhanlin, the community logistics staff in the city of Lanzhou, capital of the province of Gansu, in north-western China, interviewed by Xinhua. Every day, Niu Zhanlin sifts through trash cans in a residential community and takes the recyclable items to a collection station nearby.
There are currently 250 such stations in Lanzhou, managed by the Lanzhou Renewable Resources Recycling Company. The stations mainly collect renewable items discharged by residents in local communities, including paper, glass bottles, plastic bottles, iron, and pop cans.
In the past, in Lanzhou the renewable trash was transported to cities in other provinces to be transformed
Zhang Tiejun, vice general manager of Lanzhou Renewable Resources Recycling Company, said: “We recycle about 80 percent of Lanzhou’s renewable items, and we employ more than 1,000 workers on the production lines. We used to be called rubbish pickers, but now we are professional workers”.
The city of Lanzhou is slowly turning into an ecological city that recycles. “Smart” dustbins cans have been placed near the colleges and the Lanzhou communities. “Recycling is a profitable business, and we expect the industrial centre to have an output value of 3 billion yuan by the end of this year,” Zhang Tiejun said.
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