Waste problem is becoming quite alarming in China, so they decided to tackle it by building the world's largest waste-to-energy plant, stretching nearly a mile across.
While some major cities are more into recycling, other use waste to produce electricity. Shenzhen is one of the latter, building a new incinerator that will be able to burn astonishing 5,000 tonnes of trash every day - "one third of the waste generated by Shenzhen's 20 million inhabitants every year," according to Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects, winners of the international design contest.
Located on the mountainous outskirts of Shenzhen, the plant will have 44,000 square meters of solar panels on the 66,000 square meters roof and run on solar power itself. Incinerating waste and generating power is, however, not the plant's only purpose. It will also serve as an educational centre for teaching residents about its purpose. Public visitors will be invited to take an internal circular path, where each process going on in the plant will be explained. Visitors will also be informed on the problems resulting from the growing amounts of waste people produce daily and educated on how to reduce their own amount of trash. There will also be a 1.5km panoramic public walkway on the roof with a wonderful view over the surrounding landscape and the city of Shenzhen.
The massive plant complete with a visitors' centre is said to be only one of the 300 plants, being built in the country over the next three years.
Construction is set to begin in early 2016, and the plant is scheduled to start operating in 2020.