Nov 23, 2015 04:03 PM

Gov't Announces Plan to Clean Up Rural Areas by 2020

(Beijing) – China has announced a five-year target to clean up the garbage and agricultural and industrial waste in its rural areas because of the mounting environmental and health hazards they pose, an official from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development says.

"Garbage disposal in the countryside was not a problem in the past because nature itself could absorb the impact," said Wang Xudong, but now the waste "has severely polluted the soil and water in rural areas and has begun to affect the growth of crops."

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