In response to furious protests by local residents, Beijing city officials installed 100 high-pressure fragrance sprays to cover the stench generated from overflowing landfills.
Now, I’ve heard of everything. Nothing like using an over-sized Frebreze bottle to try and cover-up the trashy smell around your city. I can’t help believing there must be a better way to handle the city’s overflowing landfill problem. I know some folks prefer to use band-aids on this type of issue, but this is ridiculous.
According to The Guardian, these deodorant guns can spray dozens of liters of fragrance per minute over a distance of 50 meters. The guns are produced by several Chinese companies and based on German and Italian technology. Oh but wait, it gets even better. Beijing authorities say they will also apply more plastic layers to cover the landfill site. Huh?
China’s waste problem is expanding as fast as its economy, at about 8% each year. The local government estimates that Beijing’s 17 million people generate 18,000 tons of waste every day – 7,000 tons more than the capacity their municipal disposal plants. Even more frightening, less than 4% of Beijing’s garbage is recycled while 2% is burned. And the rest, well, is dumped in landfills.
So out come the giant deodorant guns… Am I the only one who thinks this is a very bad idea?
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