A ming-boggling 60 tons of vegetables are thrown every day in Xi’an. Fortunately all is not lost as residents come by to scavenge the discarded greens, treating the waste dump like their personal salad bar.
The agricultural products logistics centre is located in the western part of Xi’an’s Xi San Huan. According to the guards there, there are thousands tons of vegetables traded in the market every day. Around 60 tons of them go to waste, to the bafflement of many residents. A man working in the logistic centre surnamed Zhou said that he did not understand why those vegetables were thrown away. “There are many vegetables looking nice, why are they thrown away?” he said.
The discarded veggies attract myriad residents and pig farmers to come and collect them every day. However, after an incident where they obstructed the rubbish truck while ‘grazing,’ they’ve been prohibited from ‘grazing’ while the truck is in the vicinity.
The guard in the centre said they discouraged people from harvesting the vegetables.
“We don’t suggest taking the wasted vegetables,” said the guard. “The vegetables are mixed with domestic garbage that is full of bacteria and harmful for people.”
Many of the veggie scavengers said that it was heart-breaking to all the vegetables being thrown away, especially since many were still tied up in bundles. Said one resident,”the vegetables are not cheap. It’s really a big waste to throw all these vegetables away.”
A farmer picks up a load of pumpkins from the centre to use as pig feed. However, he said that it was a pity to give such pristine-looking pumpkins to animals.
An old lady fills her bag with vegetables. She said she would rather give some of them to her relatives and friends rather than let them go to waste.
A resident rifles through discarded eggplants.
A man selecting watermelons to take back home.
Mr Chen, a broccoli vendor, explains why so many vegetables are dumped:
“First of all, the weather is so hot that many vegetables go bad very easily when they are being delivered. You should pick the bad vegetables out otherwise they will affect other fresh ones. Hiring workers to pick out the bad ones is even more expensive than the vegetables; second of all, the vegetables don’t sell for good prices this year. Therefore, it’s better to throw away the remaining vegetables than waste time and money renting booths. ”
By Lucy Liu and Jennifer Hui
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