Caixin OnlineEnvironment China's Urban Sludge Dilemma: Sinking in Stink
08.08.2013 16:12

China's Urban Sludge Dilemma: Sinking in Stink

Trucks are dumping sludge on melon fields near Beijing, highlighting a nationwide struggle with waste
By staff reporter Cui Zheng and intern reporter Liu Zhiyi

Promptly at noon on March 17, a heavy truck hauling a dark substance and on a dark mission pulled out of the Gaobeidian Wastewater Treatment Plant in eastern Beijing.

A wastewater treatment engineer helped a Caixin reporter identify the unusual load, which jiggled in the truck's bed like gelatin as the driver headed down a bumpy road.

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