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General Office of State Council Releases a Work Plan for a Zero-Waste City Pilot Project
The General Office of State Council recently issued a Work Plan for a Zero-Waste City Pilot Project (shortened into the Plan in the following part). According to the Plan, a zero-waste city refers to an advanced urban development pattern that is guided by the new development concepts of innovation, coordination, green, open, and sharing, continuously boosting the reduction of solid waste from the source and the resourcing utilization, minimizing the amount of landfill, and decreasing the impact on the environment by solid waste to the lowest level by promoting a green development mode and lifestyle. It is an advanced urban management concept as well. Launching the zero-waste city pilot project is an important measure to realize an ecological civilization and build a beautiful China.

The Plan stresses that efforts should be made to green and low-carbon recycling development with large-size industrial solid waste, primary agricultural waste, life waste, construction waste, and dangerous waste as the emphases, to realize the goal of tremendous reduction of waste amount from the source, full-extent resourcing utilization, and safe disposal. According to the Plan, about 10 cities that are ready with related conditions, have a certain basis, and have suitable scales will be selected for the zero-waste city pilot project. By 2020 they are expected to have established a comprehensive management system for waste and to be demonstration models for zero-waste cities. Moreover, the Plan also clarifies six key tasks for the program. The first is to strengthen top-level design to bring the supervisory role of government into full play. Secondly, green industrial production should be promoted to stimulate the tendency toward zero growth of the total amount of large-size industrial solid waste storage and disposal. Thirdly, green agricultural production should also be carried out and full-extent utilization of agricultural waste should be promoted. Fourthly, efforts should be put into promoting green life style and reducing the amount of life waste from its source, and the resourcing utilization of related waste. Fifthly, the risk prevention and control capacity should be promoted, and the overall safety management concerning dangerous waste should be further strengthened. Sixthly, the vitality of the market should be fully stimulated to foster new patterns of industrial development. In order to steadily push forward related work of the zero-waste pilot project, the Plan also suggests measures including enhancing organization and leadership, expanding financial support, strengthening supervision and law enforcement, and highlighting related publicity and guidance means.

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