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Beijing Sweetens Rubbish With Giant Deodorant Guns

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the now-that's-a-good-stink dept.

Earth 111

An anonymous reader writes "Beijing plans to install 100 deodorant guns at a landfill site on the edge of the city in the hopes that it will dampen complaints about the capital's rubbish crisis.The giant fragrance sprayers will be put in place by May at the Asuwei dump site. From the article: 'Municipal authorities say they will also apply more plastic layers to cover the site in response to furious protests by local residents who have to put up with the stench when the wind blows in their direction. The high-pressure guns, which can spray dozens of litres of fragrance per minute over a distance of up to 50m, are produced by several Chinese firms and based on German and Italian technology. They are already in use at several landfill sites, but they are merely a temporary fix.'"

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Great! (3, Funny)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 4 years ago | (#31631904)

Now it will smell like rubbish and perfume! Two great scents that go great together!

Re:Great! (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632058)

    I've never seen the logic in it. It's like when I've worked in offices with unisex bathrooms. Girls are all about spraying flowery stuff, turning the fan off, and closing the door. I've made the mistake of going in shortly after them, and all you smell is rancid shit and an overdose of perfume. I'd almost prefer just the smell of shit. Actually, I'd prefer the smell of nothing, but you can't fire someone for using the restroom, no matter how bad it smells. :)

   

Re:Great! (1)

jayme0227 (1558821) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632568)

Sure, blame it on the girls. I don't need to do that, I have the same experience at home. Every time I "drop the kids off at the pool." It smells terrible, so I spray the deodorant. Except then it smell like crap and flowers, which is 8 times worse*. You'd think I would figure this out and stop spraying the lilac lilly lavendar vanilla chemical mist, but I just can't help myself.

*Pardon me if the math is wrong, I did the calculation in my head.

Solution! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31633038)

to go the x-tremegeek website and look up product 2800582, or do a search for Kobayshi

leave a bottle with a post-it to "please use"

Re:Great! (1)

ebuck (585470) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632644)

Think of it as smelling the world through rose scented glasses. It doesn't make sense to me either, because lighting a match works 100% better, but considering the strength of the pro-perfume arguments, you'd think they wanted to smell rosy sh!t.

Re:Great! (2, Informative)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632772)

    I've actually noticed landfills with methane burners on them. On a daily basis, they cover the new trash with dirt, so the smell doesn't kill people for miles. They also install vented pipes (pipes with holes) so as things decay, the methane goes up, and is burnt about 12 feet above the ground. I suspect that handles any methane that works it's way through the soil too.

    It seems like a better plan than spraying people down with giant perfume cannons and telling them it's roses.

Re:Great! (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31633250)

I would harvest the methane and when I burn it use it with a turbine system (after removing anything worth anything like aluminum or steel). turn trash into money

Re:Great! (1)

brentrad (1013501) | more than 4 years ago | (#31634588)

That's actually very common at landfills.

Tapping Power From Trash http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/14Rmethane.html [nytimes.com]

"Power from landfill methane exceeds solar power in New York and New Jersey, and landfill methane in those states and in Connecticut powers generators that produce a total of 169 megawatts of electricity — almost as much as a small conventional generating station. The methane also provides 16.7 million cubic feet of gas daily for heating and other direct uses."

Re:Great! (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 4 years ago | (#31636532)

    The places I've seen it have been pretty remote, with no gas infrastructure anywhere near by. That's probably why I hadn't seen it. Not that I frequent landfills or anything, I'm just observant when I've been to them. It does make an awful lot more sense to harness it at least for something. The plumes I've seen on their burners have been pretty big, I'm sure it could have made some substantial energy.

Re:Great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31634590)

Or fuel your vehicle with that shit. Almost quite literally...

It's the latest green energy hype in Sweden. It is both economical and sustainable, but not very scalable. It won't replace more than a few percent of oil. Picture [oneighturbo.com]

Re:Great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31632980)

Actually wouldn't that be "smelling the world through rose-scented assholes"?

Re:Great! (2, Informative)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#31633002)

It doesn't make sense to me either, because lighting a match works 100% better

I see... the smell of burnt sulfur is better at overpowering bad odors than perfumes are?

Contrary to popular belief, lighting amatch does not "burn away" all the bad odor chemicals. It just masks them.

If that's the goal, why not just smear some camphor on your upper lip when you drop a poo bomb? Works for pathologists doing autopsies...

Re:Great! (1)

jonadab (583620) | more than 4 years ago | (#31634690)

> Contrary to popular belief, lighting amatch does not
> "burn away" all the bad odor chemicals. It just masks them.

However, the popular belief came about because of a use case wherein it does actually help (namely, burning a candle in the bathroom when people have been farting in there).

Re:Great! (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 4 years ago | (#31635456)

Sorry dude. That was me. That mexican restaurant I went to for lunch has some spicy hot peppers!

Re:Great! (1)

mqduck (232646) | more than 4 years ago | (#31635786)

Actually, I'd prefer the smell of nothing, but you can't fire someone for using the restroom, no matter how bad it smells. :)

I'm certainly no expert on the matter, but I believe you can fire someone for anything not explicitly forbidden by anti-discrimination and such laws. From what I understand, people in America are usually wrong when they assume that something can't legally be grounds for firing an employee.

Re:Great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31636104)

He never mentioned it was illegal, but you'd be a fucking jerk if you fired an employee just for that, unless it was really hindering the productivity of the business.

Re:Great! (1)

ShakaUVM (157947) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632192)

>>Now it will smell like rubbish and perfume! Two great scents that go great together!

It'll mix nicely from the open-vent sewers they have in Beijing.

Seriously.

I thought I was going to puke when my taxi, windows open, got parked on top of one of those things in traffic for a few minutes.

Re:Great! (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632362)

Think it would have exploded if you tossed in a match?

Re:Great! (1)

mweather (1089505) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632494)

It might make the perfume smell even better. Porpoise vomit does.

Re:Great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31634036)

Now it will smell like rubbish and perfume!

Sounds like my ex gf.

Re:Great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31634372)

Febreeze ftw!

I wonder... (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 4 years ago | (#31631908)

I wonder how much of that landfill is recyclables? Dunno if that's a stock photo of a landfill or something, but I see a lot of plastics there...

Re:I wonder... (2, Informative)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 4 years ago | (#31631974)

FTFA:

Less than 4% of Beijing's rubbish is recycled – the UK recycles 35% – but is still near the bottom of the EU recycling league. Two per cent of Beijing's rubbish is burned but the rest is dumped in landfill sites, which cover an area of 333,000 sq m. Cities throughout the country face a similar problem.

Seems like they could make a serious dent in their landfill problems with just a little work.

Re:I wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31632110)

I agree they could make a serious dent with some recycling - the dent would just be in the size of the waste though. I seriously doubt that the odor is coming from plastics, glass, and the like. Oh, and of course (unfortunately) it does cost more to recycle even though it is obviously better for the environment and a better use of resources.

Re:I wonder... (1)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632548)

Composting is actually a lot easier than recycling in a lot of ways... it smells, but it eventually generates fertilizer, so it's worth the trouble.

Re:I wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31632636)

1. Compost does not smell, unless you fail at it.
2. Recycling is cheaper than not recycling - you just have to put a cost on pollution created by not recycling something and it suddenly becomes the cheap alternative.

Re:I wonder... (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#31633054)

1. Compost does not smell, unless you fail at it.

Depends on what you're composting, and on what scale. I've composted sheep manure, chicken manure, and pig manure. When it rains, they stink.

2. Recycling is cheaper than not recycling - you just have to put a cost on pollution created by not recycling something and it suddenly becomes the cheap alternative.

Depends on what the cost of the pollution is. More inert materials have a low cost of pollution, as long as land for landfills is cheap.

Re:I wonder... (1)

anarche (1525323) | more than 4 years ago | (#31636134)

Yeah, but then how would they invade the ocean....

Re:I wonder... (1)

Gruff1002 (717818) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632040)

TFA said less than 4% of their rubbish is recycled.

pyrolysis (2, Interesting)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632090)

You end up with char, oils, combustible gases, energy and more space.

 

Re:pyrolysis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31634154)

Either that, or just plain burn it. Nearly anything will readily burn if you keep the temperature and air flow just right. Beijing could probably generate a big fraction of it's electricity and heating by burning it's own waste.

Re:I wonder... (1)

badran (973386) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632254)

You would have to look at what people throw away, in poorer countries people tend not to throw away reusable items like plastic bags and glass containers. And also less food is thrown away.

Re:I wonder... (1)

koxkoxkox (879667) | more than 4 years ago | (#31634748)

A lot of people do throw away plastic and glass bottles, or other valuable items, but they are picked up by poorer people before arriving at the landfill site.

in related news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31631926)

slashdot goes dead while all geeks in world rush to be the next in line...

News for Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31631928)

I don't get it.. what is the point of this story on the front page?

There's no tech angle to it, nothing remotely nerd worthy to discuss.

Can we focus on something real here?

Re:News for Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31631970)

Stuff That Matters.

Re:News for Nerds (2, Insightful)

drachenstern (160456) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632000)

It's news, it's just not a tech story.

Aw crap, am I feeding the trolls again?

Re:News for Nerds (1)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632050)

Feeding trolls or not, there are probably some very technical, nerdy solutions to this problem which are way better than "big perfume guns".

Re:News for Nerds (2, Interesting)

Jawn98685 (687784) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632236)

Feeding trolls or not, there are probably some very technical, nerdy solutions to this problem which are way better than "big perfume guns".

There are, though I don't know if they'd qualify for nerdy. Like the "landfill engineer" says, "This ain't rocket surgery." The basics of running a landfill "properly" (as proper as the whole landfill thing can be, at least) were figured out decades ago, including steps to minimize the odor, of which, spraying the pile with hundreds of gallons of perfume isn't one. Of course, many of those steps cost money and require diligence on the part of the operators. So good luck to the downwinders.

Re:News for Nerds (0)

twidarkling (1537077) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632116)

This isn't even news. They're using a piss-poor solution for a problem that they created. That's not news, that's what 90% of the world does. What's the news part? That they're using perfume guns? Those aren't news-worthy. The basic tech is known as a fire hose. That Beijing has a trash problem? So do a lot of other places.

This is idle-fodder.

Re:News for Nerds (2, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632078)

This IS news for nerds... at my workplace, we're strongly considering using this technology on nerds that "forget" to shower!

Like Smelly Kids Do (1)

Kotoku (1531373) | more than 4 years ago | (#31631944)

This is like when people smell horrid after they come out of the gym full of other horrid smelling people, have somewhere to be and just take a cologne bath.

When you do that it just smells like the bathroom after someone comes out waving their spray can.

Re:Like Smelly Kids Do (2, Funny)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632434)

When you do that it just smells like the bathroom after someone comes out waving their spray can.

Which in turn, smells like a big bowl of greasy chili farts and roses.

Spray on reactants instead (3, Interesting)

foniksonik (573572) | more than 4 years ago | (#31631954)

They should instead spray on biological reactants to absorb odors and/or biodegradation accelerators to speed up the process.

Re:Spray on reactants instead (2, Interesting)

Jeng (926980) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632222)

Rather than any of those options, wouldn't the best option to be to capture that methane and use it as a fuel?

Re:Spray on reactants instead (1)

Jogar the Barbarian (5830) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632844)

You imply the methane is stinky; on the contrary, methane is odorless. The only reason you can smell natural gas (from your stove and whatnot) is because the utility companies put odorants in it. (one of which naturally occurs human mouths, helping to cause halitosis)

It is possible to harvest methane for storage and later consumption as an energy source.

You can expedite (and deodorize) decomposition by turning it from anaerobic into aerobic by mechanically churning the mass. Unfortunately, that greatly complicates the methane collection, if you were also going to do that. :-\

Damn. (5, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#31631988)

The high-pressure guns, which can spray dozens of litres of fragrance per minute over a distance of up to 50m

I'm just counting the days until department store cosmetics departments get this. In the arms race between perfume demonstration ladies and shoppers passing through the department, I think someone has just gone nuclear.

News at 11! (4, Funny)

ircmaxell (1117387) | more than 4 years ago | (#31631996)

News at 11: Researchers discover the deodorant was actually a mutagen. Half of Beijing is dead. The other half have turned into mutant zombies...

Re:News at 11! (2, Funny)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632368)

and Japan sends in Godzilla to clear up the zombies.
http://cdn.faniq.com/images/blog/godzillahangover.jpg [faniq.com]
Problem solved. Why recycle?

Re:News at 11! (3, Funny)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632648)

And the USA sends in Will Smith to take care of Godzilla.

Re:News at 11! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31632794)

But who or what can possibly save us from Will Smith??!!

Re:News at 11! (3, Funny)

Jogar the Barbarian (5830) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632866)

And California sends in Tommy Lee Jones to take care of Will Smith.

Re:News at 11! (2, Funny)

dangitman (862676) | more than 4 years ago | (#31633968)

And then Oklahoma sends in Chuck Norris.

Re:News at 11! (1)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632890)

You mean a fresh breeze of bel air?
Just what Beijing needs.

Re:News at 11! (1)

Bugamn (1769722) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632786)

DAMN! It's World War Z becoming true!

Re:News at 11! (1)

mqduck (232646) | more than 4 years ago | (#31635834)

Maybe that's the planned next step in Chinese capitalism. Zombies don't complain about things like hours and wages and overtime pay.

Re:News at 11! (1)

gemada (974357) | more than 4 years ago | (#31635934)

soon we will be overrun by a giant mutated bug called Deodor-ant.

Re:News at 11! (1)

anarche (1525323) | more than 4 years ago | (#31636146)

awwww snap!

Questions: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31631998)

I am not deluded (or I should probably say 'optimistic') enough to be one of the "Let's save the planet!!" types, but seriously, with our modern technology shouldn't there be a way to break down various forms of 'garbage' into its rawest state for productive use in something else? If not, what about just breaking it down to where it doesn't take up so much space so that we can postpone the inevitable for a few more decades so that our posterity can languish in it for slightly longer?

And no. I am not talking about recycling. That is one of those voluntary things that so few people participate in. I am talking about the tried proven method of paying some poor sap to clean the crap up so that we don't have to be bothered with finding a specially colored wastebin (which itself will probably end up in a landfill as opposed to being 'recycled').

Re:Questions: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31635748)

Sorry, but nerds never ask a question that starts with, "With our modern technology, isn't there a way to do X easily with no effort on my part?" Please pick up an engineering manual, or go back to the unwashed masses.

Matter that stuffs (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632080)

/.'s stuff that matters is also about the matter that stuffs.

This matter we produce, stuffs us, we don't know what to do with it. Futurama of-course tackled this problem, all that is needed is a giant rocket to take every piece of garbage off this rock and dump it into the space. Later, when more garbage is created, all we do is throw the second pile at the first. One of them will fly into the Sun.

On the other hand it looks like soon enough there will be a huge opportunity for new ways of recycling this shit by turning it into energy by applying various types of bacteria that eat it and burp or poop up carbons.

Re:Matter that stuffs (1)

mrsurb (1484303) | more than 4 years ago | (#31636468)

Thus solving the problem ONCE AND FOR ALL!

Re:Matter that stuffs (1)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | more than 4 years ago | (#31637036)

But...

modQ up (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31632088)

over a 4ua7ity

Environmental impact (1)

Crashspeeder (1468723) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632092)

Is it just me or is anybody else worried about what they'll end up putting in these sprayers? It doesn't help much if it's something loaded with CFCs or something. Also, is covered the thing in plastic a good idea? If they starve the landfill of air wouldn't everything decompose more slowly?

Re:Environmental impact (1)

DarkOx (621550) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632208)

That is sorta the trouble with landfills in general. You typically stir a compost heap, that's what needs to be done in landfills if you actually want decomposition and it is done in some places but its hard to do well.

This is why you can go digging in landfill and find readable news papers from 40+ years ago. Once that stuff gets covered up by a few layers of anything such that air does not get to it, the rate at which it breaks down gets very slow.

Re:Environmental impact (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31638042)

Solution: Large amounts of dynamite underground!

Re:Environmental impact (1)

sourcerror (1718066) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632272)

Compressed air?

Re:Environmental impact (1)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | more than 4 years ago | (#31633240)

Is it just me or is anybody else worried about what they'll end up putting in these sprayers?

With the insane [wikipedia.org] amount of pollution that China is already producing, you're worried about CFCs in the garbage deodorant?! "A drop in the ocean" doesn't even begin to capture your lack of perspective.

They hired the Axe people to do the fragrance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31632098)

They are actually spraying a relabeled version of Axe: New Jersey Breeze. With Jersey's fiscal crisis, they could no longer afford it. Jersey's loss is China's gain.

China has a surplus of deodorant... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31632104)

...because they don't use it themselves!

the answer is higher concentrations of chemicals? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31632114)

reeeally? so they'll dump thousands of liters of chemical spray (hello febreeze knock off) and this is somehow better than either making or enforcing a few basic rules on landfill usage?

china just gets more interesting by the minute as a benchmark for human tolerances to just about everything.

IIRC (1)

sonicmerlin (1505111) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632124)

Wasn't there a company that built a $400 million trash factory that burned trash into a tiny, inert substance, generating enough energy in the process to generate income and pay for the factory? Whatever happened to them? I would think China would love to use their tech.

Re:IIRC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31635594)

It was only 25 mill per each 100 tons of trash to be processed per day.
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-8199-Breakthrough-Energy-Examiner~y2010m2d19-GPIs-trashtofuel-process-third-party-tested-by-US-military
It would also help them from having to build so many coal plants.

Car analogy? (1)

Anachragnome (1008495) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632164)

Car analogy? Maybe!

When I was a mechanic we used Brake Cleaner for all sorts of things. It left no residue, removed most nasty crud that needed to be removed and worked wonders removing moisture from electrical circuits. The problem was that it was pretty nasty smelling stuff. It completely evaporates leaving most of the chemicals floating around the shop for awhile.

Then one day I open a new case of the stuff and start using it on a brake job. Whoa! New smell! Apparently, the manufacturer thought it would be a good idea to add fragrance to the cans to make it more acceptable.

The problem was that the FRAGRANCE did NOT evaporate. It hung on to whatever it was sprayed on. We actually had several customers return their cars because of the smell (especially once the brakes got hot from use).

I returned the rest of the case, and the vendor took it back without question as they had been getting numerous complaints...the fragrance ended up being worse then the original problem.

On another note, I don't even go to the local mall anymore because all the vendors pump fragrances out the front doors of the individual shops. I usually have a doozy of a headache after being in there for more then 10-15 minutes.

wont this slow the decomposition? (1)

meow27 (1526173) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632270)

is this deodorant reducing stench by adding an odor, or does it kill the bacteria that is decomposing the waste? or both?

Re:wont this slow the decomposition? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31632540)

The waste isn't going anywhere. It's not compost.

Sucks for Allergic people (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31632406)

I have friends that are allergic to fragrances. That would suck to live close to these land fills and go from a horrible smell to constant congestion.

Stop throwing out so much trash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31632580)

This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard in my entire life, okay maybe not but it's up there. Maybe they need to learn to stop throwing out so much trash.

Yeesss (1)

the_hellspawn (908071) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632674)

mixed with the rancid scent of garbage is a pleasing scent of lilacs. From that point forward lilacs will have the scent of garbage and lilacs in the minds of everyone whom smells it. yummy yummy so good for my tummy

Polishing a turd... (2, Informative)

tokenshi (1633557) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632742)

This seems pretty appropriate for Chinese Society and Government at large. I have to wonder if logic enters into the decision making process at all.

Take for example when I was living in an Apartment in Beijing where we were having issues with a light fixture in one of my roommates room. After several weeks of prompting to repair guy to sort it out, he comes over at 7am, while I'm getting ready for work, enters the roommates room... Stands on his bed (with his dirty shoes on) WHILE my roommate is still sleeping, and begins dismantling the fixture, dropping paint flakes etc from the ceiling onto the bed... all while smoking.

Or a more direct comparison is the Chinese solution to pollution right before the Olympics: Turn off the factories for a few days...

Didn't think "Hey, maybe we should keep the factories from polluting so much ALL the time..."

Re:Polishing a turd... (1)

lul_wat (1623489) | more than 4 years ago | (#31633414)

I've had similar experiences in Harbin, China. Makes me really concerned that we let so many into my country. It especially grosses me out when they spit in the swimming pools

Is there nothing they won't censor? (2, Funny)

mr_lizard13 (882373) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632870)

They're even censoring the smell of rubbish!

If they would bury the garbage deeper ... (1)

517714 (762276) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632882)

It would be our problem! At least that's what I remember from one of my childhood bedtime stories.

Lemon ass (1)

Conditioner (1405031) | more than 4 years ago | (#31632956)

great, instead of ass smell, now they get lemon ass...

Woah (1)

Zeromous (668365) | more than 4 years ago | (#31633196)

You could totally use this technology on slashdot readers! /the missing step?

I don't get, why people don't get... (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#31633286)

...that trash is a mix of valuable resources, already digged out of the ground and preprocessed. You only have to filter what you want to take out, and recycle it. A good machine that can sort the pulverized stuff by mass and perhaps other chemical properties, might be able to recycle nearly all of that stuff. Biodegradables become mineral-rich earth. Glass is obviously useful. Metals even more so, and often very valuable. Plastics can also be recycled nowadays. I bet with all the electronics, that landfill contains more gold than a normal gold mine.
All that is an opportunity to make money from it. As long as it’s not transformed to something less useful than what’s digged out of the ground, there’s money in it.

Re:I don't get, why people don't get... (1)

vux984 (928602) | more than 4 years ago | (#31633582)

I bet with all the electronics, that landfill contains more gold than a normal gold mine.

Processing rocks to extract gold, copper, etc, is relatively straight forward; its a lot harder to extract it from it from heterogeneous trash.

Re:I don't get, why people don't get... (1)

musicalmicah (1532521) | more than 4 years ago | (#31633908)

Processing rocks to extract gold, copper, etc, is relatively straight forward; its a lot harder to extract it from it from heterogeneous trash.

One would think an army of $1/day workers with rubber gloves could do the initial separation and still lead to a return on the investment.

Respiratory disease? Yes please! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31633330)

So what kind of substandard shit will China be spraying all over Beijing?

Re:Respiratory disease? Yes please! (1)

InvisibleSoul (882722) | more than 4 years ago | (#31633914)

Febleeze

Now if only... (1)

fiendy (931228) | more than 4 years ago | (#31633902)

Now if only I can convince the Chinese government to install one in my boss' office.

Tragically lazy, backwards solution (1)

toby (759) | more than 4 years ago | (#31633970)

Rather than address the problems at the source - Reduce, Re-use, Recycle would be a start - the complaints and proposal is about covering up the problem at the end of the chain. This "cure" is if anything worse than the disease.

China's enthusiastically converted their country to one big foul toxic wasteland, but this is our shared fate, if such backwards responses to the problem are the best we can do.

Start with Use Less. Don't buy overpackaged goods or small packages. Re-use packaging and bags. Do recycle. Humans were resourceful enough to make (and keep on making) the mess; now we have to be smart enough to change our ways.

There is no Planet B.

Re:Tragically lazy, backwards solution (1)

aquila.solo (1231830) | more than 4 years ago | (#31634008)

There is no Planet B.

No, but I think we used to have a Planet 9. It was from outer space, IIRC.

That figures... (1)

Sandhog (1776492) | more than 4 years ago | (#31634438)

Just cover up the problem and it will go away. Classic.

Plasma gasification? (2, Insightful)

shentino (1139071) | more than 4 years ago | (#31634552)

If the trash over there is a big enough problem to require deodorant guns it sounds like it's also big enough to use those high-volume plasma incinerators.

I figured this was protestors... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31636632)

Wouldn't this be better used on protestors at any world summit???

idiocracy (2, Insightful)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | more than 4 years ago | (#31636890)

Finally, a correct use of the tag for once!

Gack the fragrance might be more toxic. (1)

niftymitch (1625721) | more than 4 years ago | (#31637356)

Many fragrances are toxic.
Thus this is adding insult to injury.
Worse fragrances in "everything" are implicated in the epidemic of childhood asthma.

Another source of migraine ... (1)

Misagon (1135) | more than 4 years ago | (#31638510)

I can get a migraine attack if I am subjected to too much perfume, and there are a lot of other people with the same problem.

I (we) already have to avoid perfumed people at work, when travelling and standing in line for something. Now, all of us with the same sensitivity are being locked out of that chinese neighbourhood completely.

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