December 26, 2016 / 2:47 AM / 7 months ago

China detains 11 for dumping garbage in Yangtze - Xinhua

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Workers clear garbage at the bank of Yangtze River in Taicang, Jiangsu province, China, December 23, 2016.Stringer

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has detained 11 people for dumping more than 2,900 tonnes of garbage into the Yangtze river in Jiangsu province, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Sunday.

The garbage was dumped earlier this month after two firms entrusted to dispose of household garbage subcontracted the work to third parties, Xinhua said.

China has been cracking down on pollution in a bid to reverse the damage done to its water, soil and air in many regions, but officials have acknowledged that oversight and enforcement remain inadequate.

With most of its cities encircled by landfill, rapidly urbanising China is also struggling to deal with growing amounts of waste.

The environment ministry said in November that its 246 large- and medium-sized cities produced 185 million tonnes of household waste in 2015, and 1.91 billion tonnes of industrial waste.

China said in a plan published in September that it would need to spend 192.4 billion yuan ($27.7 billion) from 2016 to 2020 to improve waste treatment rates.

($1 = 6.9432 yuan)

Reporting by David Stanway; Editing by Richard Pullin

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