Beijing Saturday inaugurated its first kitchen trash treatment
plant that will serve the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Kitchen trash from 122 hotels that have entered into partnership
with the Beijing Olympics organizing committee and those from 31
Olympic sports facilities will be treated at the plant.
It is the first of four similar plants planned by the Chinese
capital in a white paper on the treatment of rubbish.
Situated inside Daxing District, southern Beijing, and with a
cost of 21.34 million yuan (about US$2.67 million), the plant
covers an area of 0.39 hectares. It is capable of processing 73,000
tons of kitchen trash a year.
Currently, there are more than 200,000 restaurants and canteens
across the city, producing 1,200 tons of trash daily.
"Before the Olympics opens in 2008, a larger number of these
restaurants and canteens will have their trash collected together
and treated," said Guo Weidong, a publicity official with Beijing
utility administration commission.
(Xinhua News Agency October 14, 2007)