Four years of waste sorting leaves China’s incinerators short of fuel

Four years ago, Shanghai introduced mandatory waste sorting. The regulation changed residents’ behaviour and, as we will see, had unforeseen consequences for the waste-processing sector. Today, waste sorting is mandatory in most of China’s big cities. Meanwhile, both the number and capacity of waste-to-power incinerators have doubled. But with waste sorting reducing the amount of material being sent to incineration, some facilities are struggling to find anything to burn.

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