Langtang incinerator stopped in Luoding, Guangdong, China

Plans for an incinerator in Langtang township, Luoding city, belonging to China Resources Cement Holdings, were discarded after demonstrations by citizens and clashes with the police in April 2015.


Cement factories want to burn waste. Citizens think this is dangerous. On 9th April  2015 the government of Luoding City, 180 km west of the provincial capital Guangzhou, said on its website it was canceling approval of an incinerator due to be built at a local cement works, “in response to public demands” [1] .

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Basic Data
NameLangtang incinerator stopped in Luoding, Guangdong, China
SiteLangtang, Luoding city
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Waste Management
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Incinerators
Specific CommoditiesCement
Industrial waste
Domestic municipal waste
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsIncinerator in Langtang township, Luoding city, belonging to China Resources Cement Holdings. Luoding authorities said that the incinerator project had been proposed in line with national policies encouraging the cement industry to participate in solid-waste disposal. [5]
Type of PopulationUrban
Potential Affected Population10,000
Start Date2015
End Date15/04/2015
Company Names or State EnterprisesChina Resources Cement Holding from China
Relevant government actorsLuoding city government
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersInstitute of Public and Environmental Affairs, Beijing

Greenpeace East Asia

Local citizens in Langtang township
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingLocal ejos
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Sit-ins. Also school children boycott of classes
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution
Health ImpactsVisible: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Potential: Other Health impacts
OtherAlleged risk of dioxin
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseRepression
Violent targeting of activists
Project cancelled
Development of AlternativesLuoding city government in Guangdong province said that the project fit a national policy to encourage solid waste processing in the cement industry, but that it was cancelled "in response to public demands." Thousands of residents fearful of pollution clashed with police. A resident surnamed Huang was quoted as saying that people also wanted the company that was to build the incinerator to reduce pollution at its local cement factory.

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Do you consider this as a success?Yes
Why? Explain briefly.In April 2015 the government of Luoding City acknowledged after demonstrations and clashes with the police, that in response to public demand it was cancelling approval of the incinerator due to be built at a factory belonging to China Resources Cement Holding in Langtang.
Sources and Materials

Background: TO BURN OR NOT TO BURN, October 5, 2015 | by LIU SHA (刘莎)
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Background: Report by GAIA on incineration of waste in cement kilns
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[4] China Cancels Waste Incinerator Project After Environmental Protest Turns Violent. By Duncan Hewitt @dhewittChina On 04/09/15
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[2] South China Morning Post, Incinerator plan cancelled after thousands join violent protests in Chinese town. Police cars flipped during demonstrations in western Guangdong

09 April, 2015
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[3] China: Incinerator construction plan in Langtang called off after strong protest from villagers
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[1] Waste incinerator cancelled after violent protests. Written by Global Cement staff. 09 April 2015
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[5] China Scraps Waste-Incinerator Project Amid Protests. Chinese residents are increasingly willing to oppose government plans seen to be polluting. CHUN HAN WONG, April 9, 2015.
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Source: Macau daily
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