Fireworks leaves 1,000 tonnes of garbage

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Sanitation workers in Beijing and Shanghai were hard at work Monday morning, the first day of the Year of Dragon, cleaning up more than 1,000 tonnes of fireworks rubbish.

Sanitation workers clean the firecracker residue on a street in Beijing on Jan. 23, 2012. A good deal of firecrackers has been set off on the eve before Spring Festival as a kind of Chinese folk tradition.

Sanitation workers clean the firecracker residue on a street in Beijing on Jan. 23, 2012.

More than 30,000 sanitation workers in Shanghai started to sweep the half-burned but still brightly colored cardboard up shortly after midnight. By Monday morning, they'd collected approximately 970 tonnes of fireworks rubbish, roughly the same amount as last year.

The fireworks debris was only a fraction of the 8,500 tonnes of garbage they collected during the first day of the holiday, according to sources with the Shanghai Environment Industry.

The total domestic waste and fireworks debris Shanghai's residents created during the holiday were expected to hit 58,500 tonnes, they said.

The company was operating 11 garbage cleanup vehicles each with a carrying capacity of 500 tonnes, 25 other smaller container vehicles and 34 bulk ships so as to timely transport the garbage for pollution-free disposal.

In Beijing, more than 5,000 sanitation workers had been put to work by the Beijing Environment Sanitation Engineering Group (BESEG) to remove fireworks-triggered fire hazards and timely clean up fireworks debris.

From Sunday night to Monday morning, they had collected 170.7 tonnes of fireworks rubbish, about 112.1 tonnes more than that in 2011.

Zhang Zhiqiang, director of the BESEG's operation department, said an emergency water supply squad, equipped with 20 water wagons, were also on high alert for fireworks-triggered fires.

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