, February 10th (Xie Yiguan) Gengche Town, known as the "West Gate of Suqian", was once famous throughout the country for its "Gengche Model", and Gengche fell into a "garbage siege" because of sacrificing the environment for development. dilemma.

  In recent years, Gengche people have decontaminated and reduced plastic with the determination of a strong man to cut their wrists, and guard the green water and green mountains. A "green" Gengche appeared in the land of northern Jiangsu.

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Rich pockets, but ruined ecology

  Before the reform and opening up, Gengche people lived a life of poor small farmers.

"If you are poor, you want to change." In the 1980s, Gengche explored and formed the "Gengche model" of township offices, village offices, household offices, and joint household offices. ".

  Among them, the recycling and processing of waste materials is one of the main industries supporting the "Geng Che Model".

In the late 1980s, Gengche became the largest waste market in northern Jiangsu, and in the late 1990s, it became the largest processing base for renewable resources in East China.

  The "Gengche model" has enriched the masses, and the waste plastic industry has created huge economic benefits.

In 2016, out of the 11,000 households in Gengche Town, 3,471 households were engaged in waste plastic processing. In the entire Gengche area, 6,978 households ate "garbage food", processing nearly 3 million tons of waste plastics, with an output value of 8 billion yuan.

  Rich in pockets but ruined ecology, Gengche fell into the predicament of "garbage siege".

The air pollution exceeds the standard by 20 times, and the water quality of the river is inferior to Class V water... In 2012, Gengche was listed by the former Ministry of Environmental Protection as one of the eight key areas for environmental improvement in the country.

  "If we go back to the past, what we love more is clear water and blue sky. The world is so big, I want to go home. Home is not what it used to be. What I see is garbage, what I smell is pungent smell, and the small river is no longer clear. , the sky is no longer blue and blue, and my hometown is no longer as natural as I imagined... When will the clear water and blue sky reappear? When will we return to the past?"

  This is a letter sent by an overseas traveler from Gengche to Xu Guangliang, then Secretary of the Party Committee of Gengche Town, in 2015. This letter was subsequently mentioned by leaders at all levels of Suqian City on different occasions. The most down-to-earth voice of ordinary people in Gengche.

A strong man breaks his wrist to guard the green water and green mountains

  The long-term extensive development has caused serious harm to Gengche's ecological environment, public health, town and village image, and regional development.

At the beginning of 2016, Gengche people were determined to use environmental governance to protect the green water and green mountains, and to exchange green development for gold and silver.

  Under the "garbage siege", the first step in the green transformation is to completely ban waste materials.

In accordance with the goal of "total ban and thorough ban", Gengche Town has comprehensively carried out comprehensive rectification of waste materials recycling and processing.

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  In this rectification, many business operators are supportive. Zhang Wei, who is engaged in waste plastic processing and has an annual turnover of 7 to 8 million, is one of them.

"Although I made some money at that time, I felt uneasy and felt that the pollution was too serious. Our generation has ruined the environment. What will the next generation do? What will happen to this land?"

  With extensive publicity, in just 66 days, 3,471 illegal processing operators were fully cleaned up, all 59 trading yards were shut down, and 530,000 tons of waste materials were cleared. Since then, a waste material recycling and processing industry that has existed for 30 years The car came to an end.

  After the ban on waste and old materials, due to the prosperity of the adjacent Shaji furniture industry, the people of Gengche spontaneously engaged in the furniture processing industry. By 2018, there were 161 furniture manufacturers in the town.

However, due to the relatively backward production technology of the e-commerce furniture industry, dust pollution and volatile organic compound pollution caused by furniture production have once again become new problems that endanger the environment.

  In order to protect the ecological environment, Gengche Town began to fully implement environmental protection rectification measures for furniture companies in 2018. 161 furniture companies (processing households) in the town shut down and banned 87 "scattered and polluted" furniture companies, and obtained the approval procedures for environmental impact assessment and implemented them simultaneously. There are 74 furniture enterprises under the "three simultaneous" acceptance and pollutant discharge permit system for environmental protection, realizing legal and clean production of enterprises.

Make a gorgeous turn and

embark on the "green" road to wealth

  As the saying goes, if you can’t break it, you can’t build it. How can you build it after it’s broken?

After exploration, Geng Che has embarked on a unique path of green development.

  Through the introduction of preferential policies such as "Supporting Policies for the Transformation and Upgrading of Waste Materials Recycling and Processing Enterprises" and "Preferential Policies for Investment Promotion of Circular Economy Industrial Parks", Gengche Town guides processing and business households to furniture manufacturing, plastic deep processing, e-commerce, flower gardening and other specialties. Industrial Transformation.

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  In recent years, Gengche Town has also accelerated the planning and construction of four parks, including e-commerce industrial park, circular economy industrial park, characteristic agricultural industrial park, and modern logistics industrial park, laying a solid foundation for the accelerated development of urbanization in Gengche Town.

  Gengche Town has also accelerated the construction of various entrepreneurial carrier platforms, established three-level entrepreneurial incubation bases in districts and villages, cultivated 3 demonstration parks of circular economy industrial park, Dazhong, and Hushao, and built 2 along Desheng Street in Gengche Town and Xuhuai Road in Dazhong Village. The Demonstration Street has built a 6,000-square-meter e-commerce service center and 80,000-square-meter standardized factory buildings, and improved comprehensive e-commerce service functions such as product processing, logistics distribution, and supporting services, providing convenient conditions for accelerating industrial transformation and promoting secondary entrepreneurship.

  After years of transformation and development, Gengche Town has successfully transformed from a "dilapidated town" to a "Taobao Town". In 2021, Gengche's domestic e-commerce transaction volume will exceed 9 billion yuan.

  Over the years, Gengche Town has embarked on not only a "green" road, but also a road to wealth.

In 2021, the GDP of Gengche will increase from 2.1 billion yuan in 2015 to 2.763 billion yuan, and the per capita disposable income of residents in the town will exceed 35,000 yuan, 12 percentage points higher than the average level of Suqian.

  Now walking in the streets and alleys of Gengche, the scene where the machines roared, black smoke billowed into the sky, and large trucks full of waste plastic roared away no longer existed.

Clear river water, tidy streets, row upon row of houses, a rural scene of ink painting.

  Geng Che made people live a "poetic" life through a gorgeous turn.