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Garbage sorting still insufficient, survey says

Poor awareness and non-standard signage are major problems hindering trash sorting in Shanghai, a survey revealed yesterday.

The Shanghai Statistics Bureau surveyed 2,000 people, 200 cleaners and 100 people working at neighborhood committees. About 1,500 respondents were residents whose communities have started garbage sorting.

The poll found although 98.9 percent of surveyed residents are willing to sort garbage, some drawbacks are hampering efforts.

Bureau workers visited 100 residential complexes. Of those, 60 had five categories of waste — dry garbage, wet garbage, glass, old clothing, and poisonous or harmful trash. In 28 complexes, trash was sorted as recyclable, non-recyclable and poisonous or harmful.  

Some 45 percent of respondents said they prefer dividing garbage into three types while 32 percent said five categories is best.

The survey found many residents can not distinguish between dry and wet garbage, and they believe garbage sorting is finished after sorting out poisonous and recyclable trash, the bureau said.

About 26 percent of surveyed residents said they sort out trash all the time, while 57 percent said they do it most of the time.

More than 60 percent of respondents said Shanghai should accelerate garbage sorting, while 32 percent said the timing was not right yet as awareness still isn’t strong enough among residents.

The bureau suggested authorities standardize garbage sorting signs, trash cans, and categories of waste.


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