Beijing's informal recycling sector faces the scrapheap

A recycling market in Beijing's Changping district. The local government wants households to sort waste, and state enterprises to handle waste collection and recycling.
A recycling market in Beijing's Changping district. The local government wants households to sort waste, and state enterprises to handle waste collection and recycling.ST PHOTO: DANSON CHEONG

The authorities see recycling markets as a cause of pollution and are closing them down

Most people would turn up their noses at the sweet, nauseating smell of stale baijiu - Chinese grain liquor - but not Mr Du and his family. To them, it represents a valuable source of income.

The family of waste traders buy discarded bottles of it from itinerant rubbish collectors, sort them, then sell them to glass recycling plants.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2018, with the headline 'Beijing's informal recycling sector faces the scrapheap'. Print Edition | Subscribe