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Commercial units fined for waste-sorting failures

Luxury hotel Hyatt Regency Shanghai Wujiaochang and an RT-Mart outlet in Yangpu District have been fined for poor waste sorting.

Hopson One, a shopping mall, and Shidong Hospital, both in Yangpu, were ordered to rectify irregularities during the same inspection by district officials. 

“The inspection found problems such as mixed dumping of different types of waste and failure in setting up garbage bins for different types of trash,” said Wang Yilong, an inspector with the district’s urban management and law enforcement bureau.

At the hotel, officials found that garbage bins for wet waste were empty and there were no bins for recyclable garbage and hazardous waste. Different types of garbage were being mixed together.

The hotel was fined 500 yuan (US$75) for failure to set up proper domestic garbage classification and collection containers.

It was ordered to fix the problems within a day or face further administrative punishment, officials said.

More than 10 bins at the RT-Mart outlet were for wet garbage only, and there were no bins for other types of garbage.

The outlet operator was fined 500 yuan and ordered to correct the problems. At Hopson One, food delivery packages, food, banana peel and dry waste were spotted in bins for recyclable trash.

Drug packaging and medical tweezers, which should be medical waste, were found in a trash cart at Shidong Hospital.

“We find that residential communities have done a better job than working units in terms of garbage sorting,” said Wang.


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