Two large machines are buzzing and emitting a slight odor of fermentation inside the kitchen waste disposal room. The 40-square-meter room is in the corner of a residential district in Beijing’s Xicheng district. Food scraps from more than 2,100 households and a canteen are “swallowed” by these two machines and undergo deep processing…Full Article: Xinhua June 2017

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  • As of June 2017, according to the Beijing Municipal Commission of City Management, more than 40,000 Beijing private restaurants and public canteens produce approximately 2,600 MTs of kitchen waste per day. By 2020, this amount is projected to reach 2,900 MTs. As of mid-2017, Beijing’s 10 kitchen waste treatment centers could only process 2,000 MTs per day. However, Beijing plans to construct five new waste treatment centers in the districts of Haidian, Fengtai and Shunyi, raising the city’s total capacity to 2,800 MTs per day.
  • In March 2017, China’s State Council published a plan to require 46 cities to implement mandatory garbage sorting by December 2020. The plan affects all public institutions and companies, requiring them to sort and separate hazardous waste, kitchen waste, and recyclable materials.

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  • In June 2016, American food waste disposal company, InSinkErator, launched a new product designed for the Chinese market at a Shanghai exhibition. The US company primarily sells its food disposal products via Alibaba’s Tmall e-commerce site.

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