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Court Case Highlights China’s Household Waste Woes

A flotilla of trash floats down the Yangtze River near the western municipality of Chongqing on Aug. 26. Photo: VCG
A flotilla of trash floats down the Yangtze River near the western municipality of Chongqing on Aug. 26. Photo: VCG

When a “spectacularly long” belt of household garbage appeared along a section of the Yangzte River in eastern Jiangsu province in late 2016, local residents knew someone was doing something illegal.

They alerted the maritime safety administration of Taicang, a port city in the Yangtze River Delta about 56 kilometers (35 miles) northwest of Shanghai, which launched an investigation. On Dec. 18, 2016, they caught workers on board a small freight vessel dumping waste into the river and from there tracked down who they believed was one of the perpetrators — Zhu Daocheng.

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