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Changes making it easier

A year after Shanghai’s garbage-sorting rules took effect, some residents have found their garbage-sorting experience taken up a notch.

At the Yunfang residential complex in Hongkou District, residents have no longer had to step on a pedal to open garbage bins since June, and they can now sort their garbage at any time instead of fixed hours. This is the result of technology upgrades across the city to make garbage sorting more convenient and for the government better manage the city’s waste.

At the Yunfang complex, the garbage bins were tucked in a closed space with windows that automatically open for garbage sorters. Inside, a device sprays a bacteria-killing agent periodically to reduce the smell. The light is automatically turned off once sanitation workers go inside. Under each garbage tank there is a smart scale. The time and weight of the garbage sorted are displayed on a screen on the front of the sorting facility.

An artificial intelligence camera monitors captures people who leave their garbage on the ground and informs community cleaning workers.

(Chen Huizhi)


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