CHINA Liuxu Village in East China bids farewell to plastic garbage

CHINA

Liuxu Village in East China bids farewell to plastic garbage

By Yao Xueqing and Gao Kai | People's Daily app

21:33, September 02, 2020

Liuxu Village has been transformed from a village of plastic to a village surrounded by green trees and clean water.

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Liuxu Village (Photo: Chinanews.com)

Located in the city of Suqian in China’s eastern coastal Jiangsu Province, Liuxu and its town of Gengche before 2015 were a top destination of plastic garbage for recycling and one of China’s largest waste plastic processing bases.

"Garbage was everywhere and the water in the pond was also fetid,” said villager Wang Zhenhua. “Even drivers passing by were reluctant to open their windows because of the disgusting smell.”

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A screenshot from a report by China Central Television about the situation in Liuxu before 2015.

The low-efficiency development model seriously polluted the Liuxu environment. At the beginning of 2016, the government determined to stop the waste plastic industry and all 59 trading yards were banned with 200,000 tons of plastic residue excavated and moved away.

Since then, more than 193 hectares of land have been reclaimed, over 500 river ponds and ditches renovated and about 720,000 seedlings have been planted. All have contributed to a better scenery of cleaner water and greener banks.

The village today has embarked on a new path of ecological transformation and green development.

Farmers run cooperatives and businesses on horticulture, family farming and succulent plants at Liuxu Village Ecological Agriculture Demonstration Park, which has become a successful growth model.

In 2019, the transaction volume of the park exceeded 1.3 billion yuan ($190 million), of which the e-commerce transaction volume topped 900 million yuan.

As a result, more than 300 people enjoyed a boosted income and many villagers can work at their doorstep.

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(Photo from web)

To build an ecologically livable village, water, roads, industries and public services were taken into consideration to complete the construction of sewage pipe networks and sewage treatment stations.

Today the whole village is surrounded by flowing water and the landscape bridges and pavilions have added to the beauty.

"The village has now become a park and everyone enjoys walking around during their break time,” said Wang.

(Translated by Liu Luolin; edited by Huang Jingjing; original story from People’s Daily)

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