I have taken an extract from the link below it on a report on the decline of Composting in China not because it has been proven to be unworkable, no quite the opposite. Political interference has caused its demise and China’s urban residents in becoming increasingly vocal in opposing incineration may well see the return to composting even in China.
Waning Political Support for Composting in China
According to international environmental best practice standards on waste management, composting continues to hold its place as a better treatment method than landfilling or incineration, and is the most preferable option where waste reduction and recycling are not feasible.
And, as far as public opinion goes, China’s urban residents have become increasingly vocal in recent years in their opposition to incineration and even landfilling, citing health concerns owing to the odors and dangerous emissions produced by these facilities.
So, really, the decline of composting in China – a somewhat sad story – owes much to waning political support for composting. This is made all the more noticeable when contrasted with recent, concerted political efforts to promote landfilling and incineration uptake.
The key to increasing the uptake of composting as a waste treatment method is raising the quality of the feedstock; and the best way to achieve this is separate collection of waste at the household level.
As mentioned above, waste separation programs are already underway in many major Chinese cities. Beijing, for example, has set a goal to achieve 65% separation of MSW by 2020.
Experts and waste management officials openly point to composting as part of “the next stage” of the sector’s development. This, too, is a promising trend. In time, composting is bound to rise from the dead.