Chinese visitors to a notorious village street in Hubei province were recently met with a shocking scene.
With no municipal waste disposal service whatsoever, and no initiative on the part of residents, the garbage is simply dumped on the side of the street, abutting a river (itself already polluted).
However, dense clouds of flies soon form, so someone sets fire to the refuse to drive them off.
This causes the rubbish to burn slowly for days, spreading a disgusting miasma of smoke from burning filth and plastic throughout the area, which happens to be used by children on their way to school and students on their way to university.
After the rubbish is burnt off, fresh rubbish is dumped on top and the cycle repeats.
This “waste management” approach has apparently been used for many years, with no end in sight.