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Garden Expo receives C40 Cities Award

On December 3, during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Ecological Restoration Project of Jinkou Landfill, which was carried out as part of the prep work for the 10th China (Wuhan) International Garden Expo, won an award in the solid waste category at the C40 Cities Awards.

C40 Cities Awards are presented once a year to cities which take initiative, actively work to protect the environment and fight climate change, and share their experiences with the world. There were 10 categories for the 2015 C40 Awards; 216 projects from 94 cities were considered. The award for Wuhan's ecological restoration project is the first international award Wuhan has received for its efforts to combat climate change.

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group was established in 2005. The members include some of the world's largest cities; these cities have joined hands and are taking action together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

Visitors in Garden Expo area Photo by Hu Jiusi

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In 2012, the Wuhan municipal government began to remove Jinkou Landfill and build the main area for the Garden Expo on the site of the former landfill.

In its 16 years of operation, Jinkou Landfill managed to accumulate over five million cubic meters of household garbage. However, the Wuhan municipal government only spent three years to successfully detoxify and eliminate that much waste.

To ensure that the detoxification process was carried out safely and efficiently, special aerobiotic processes and sealing techniques were used under the guidance of academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and relevant waste disposal experts.