Jun 12, 2015 01:38 PM

Towers of Trash Pile Up at China's Unregulated Landfills

(Beijing) – Since early June, excavators and trucks have been buzzing around Changdian Village in northern Beijing, clearing away a landfill that sits 20 meters from a major river. Some 45,000 cubic meters of garbage accumulated over the years, reaching five meters into the ground and mixing with groundwater.

The Changdian dump is one of the more than 1,000 unregulated landfills scattered around the capital. Environmental experts blame these sites for severe pollution of the soil, air and ground water because garbage is dumped without any treatment.

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