A new waste to energy plant is to be built in Shenyang

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The city of Shenyang in the north-east of China, with its population of over eight million people, is to receive a large new waste to energy plant. The tender has been won by the Hong Kong-based  company Everbright, known for its similar projects in Sichuan and Shandong. The new project, however, will be on a much larger scale: it will be able to process 3000 tonnes of household waste every day, requiring a total investment of about 220 million dollars. Though China is not traditionally considered one of the leaders in clean energy and recycling technologies, more and more Chinese cities strive to introduce innovative recycling facilities, competing for the titles of a National Environmental Protection Exemplary City and National Civilized City (Shengyang can already boast both of these titles). China currently plans to build over 300 waste to energy plants until 2020, the most ambitious  of which, currently under construction in Shenzhen, will be the largest in the world – capable of burning over 5000 tonnes of trash every day, it will stretch for a mile across and include a visitor center, thus promoting recycling awareness.