Around 41.75 tonnes of fireworks-related garbage was collected in Beijing following New Year’s Eve celebrations, CCTV reported yesterday, taking over 16 hours for workers to clean up.
New Year’s Eve in China is one of the most exhausting days for city cleaners. One such worker named Mr. Yin told CCTV that he had to be especially careful when cleaning the debris, as the residual gunpowder remaining in them could lead to a blast.
The after-effects of the celebratory fireworks were seen not only on the ground but in the sky. Heavy air pollution hovered over many mainland cities and environmental authorities have blamed high index levels on the festival fireworks.
According to SCMP:
“Heavy air pollution” was recorded in 68 of the 161 cities monitored, while 16 experienced “severe air pollution” on Thursday night as fireworks were set off across the country to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Ministry of Environment Protection said on Friday. […]
In Beijing, the municipal environmental monitoring centre said the air was “much better” than at the same time last year after city officials decided to reduce the number of fireworks retailers.
The highest levels yesterday were recorded in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, with index reaching 437.
The Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center issued advice on its website reading “You may as well watch Spring Festival shows on TV at home…And keep the firecrackers on hand until the fifth day of the first Lunar month.”
Companies had tried to slightly lessen pollution emitted by the festive explosives by pushing sales of ‘green’ fireworks this year, but unfortunately, the products were not very popular.