China's Trash Is Getting Dirtier

Protesters trying to stop the construction of a trash incinerator in China have reason to be worried: The country's trash piles are growing bigger and dirtier.
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Over the weekend, for the second time in as many years, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in China's southern Bolou County to oppose the construction of a proposed trash incinerator. The protest was ironic, given that such facilities are needed precisely because ordinary Chinese like them are producing too much garbage for landfills to handle. At the same time, the demonstrators have reason to be concerned: The fumes coming out of any new incinerator are likely to be more toxic than ever before.

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