11 sus­pected of dump­ing tons of trash in Yangtze

Com­pa­nies ac­cused of un­load­ing garbage il­le­gally; tighter su­per­vi­sion of trans­porters sug­gested

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHOU WENTING in Shang­hai zhouwent­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Eleven sus­pects from Zhe­jiang prov­ince who made nearly 800,000 yuan ($115,000) from il­le­gally dump­ing more than 2,900 met­ric tons of house­hold waste into the Yangtze River in Jiangsu prov­ince have been cap­tured by po­lice.

Po­lice in Zhe­jiang’s Ji­ax­ing city said on Sun­day af­ter a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion that one dump­ing case oc­curred on Dec 8, when more than 900 tons of garbage was dumped from a ship into the river in Nan­tong city. Another oc­curred on Dec 17, when more than 2,000 tons of garbage was dumped in the river by two ships in Taicang city, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

One man, who drove a float­ing crane to help the ships dump the waste into the river, was in­volved in both cases.

Po­lice said that in the first case, Chuang jie San­i­ta­tion Equip­ment Co, a qual­i­fied garbage trans­porta­tion com­pany in Tongx­i­ang, had been ap­proved by the En­vi­ron­men­tal San­i­ta­tion Man­age­ment Of­fice in Hain­ing to trans­port house­hold waste to garbage in­cin­er­a­tion plants in Jiangsu and An­hui prov­inces for dis­posal since mid-Septem­ber. The com­pany was paid 263 yuan for each ton of waste. Both Tongx­i­ang and Hain­ing are part of Ji­ax­ing.

But at the end of Novem­ber, the com­pany signed a con­tract to sell nearly 1,000 tons of garbage to a man sur­named Zhu for 200 yuan per ton. On the night of Dec 8, the garbage was yuan dumped into the river af­ter it was loaded onto a cargo ship ar­ranged by Zhu.

The sec­ond case showed sim­i­lar­i­ties. Tian­shun Garbage Trans­porta­tion Co in Tongx­i­ang had been ap­proved by the en­vi­ron­men­tal san­i­ta­tion man­age­ment of­fice in Haiyan county to trans­port house­hold waste to in­cin­er­a­tion plants in An­hui for dis­posal since May 25. The com­pany was paid 277 yuan per ton of waste.

On Oct 21 and 22, the com­pany sold more than 2,000 tons of garbage to a man sur­named Yang for about 160 yuan per ton. Yang then di­rected two cargo ships to trans­port the garbage, with the waste be­ing dumped into the river on the night of Dec 17.

“The dump­ing started at 9 pm and con­tin­ued un­til 4 am the next day be­cause of the large amount of the garbage,” the po­lice said.

The in­ci­dents forced water in­take from the Yangtze River in Taicang to be sus­pended over the week­end as a sig­nif­i­cant amount of garbage, in­clud­ing plas­tic bags, slip­pers, veg­etable leaves and con­doms, were seen float­ing on the sur­face of the water, China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion re­ported on Sun­day.

Taicang’s in­for­ma­tion of­fice said the cleanup could last for a week.

In­dus­try in­sid­ers sug­gested tighter su­per­vi­sion of garbage trans­porters.

“There should be records de­tail­ing the amount of garbage trans­ported ev­ery day and its where­abouts,” said Kong Ling, head of Shang­hai Huanyu San­i­ta­tion Co, a cer­ti­fied trans­porter of house­hold, in­dus­trial and build­ing waste.

amount 11 sus­pects al­legedly made from il­le­gally dump­ing over 2,900 tons of house­hold waste

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