Modern waste-treatment equipment sorts trash in a disposal factory in Xinmi, Henan province, in October 2013. The National Development and Reform Commission is requiring the nation’s municipalities and provincial capitals to have garbage-sorting systems by the end of 2020. Photo: Visual China
(Beijing) — China plans to spend 252 billion yuan ($36.7 billion) through 2020 to tackle the country’s growing garbage problem, the country’s top economic planner said Sunday.
About two-thirds of the money will fund “non-harmful” methods of household-waste disposal, such as incineration, landfills and recycling, according to a statement by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
The move aims to reduce worsening soil and water pollution caused by household waste, it said.
In addition, a regulation that will make it compulsory for households and businesses to sort waste will be announced in coming weeks, according to an NDRC official who asked not to be named.
The commission said it wants to cut …