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Disposal of food waste is a fine problem

Residents are being urged to take measures to correctly dispose of food trash ahead of new regulations.

In most public areas such as streets and Metro stations in Shanghai, there are only bins for dry and recyclable waste because eating is not encouraged in public venues.

If a person puts their food trash in either bin from July 1, they could face a fine up to 200 yuan (US$30).

Bins for wet trash are only found at a few commercial areas or tourist attractions, according to the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.

Under international practice, wet trash should be brought to dumping or collection spots at nearby residential communities or other set collection channels. People can also prepare a bag in advance and take food garbage home.

Individual violators of Shanghai’s first domestic garbage regulations will be ordered to fix the problem first. Or they can face a fine between 50 and 200 yuan by the city’s urban management and law enforcement authorities.

At Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall, one of the landmark tourist attractions of Shanghai, food trash was seen in both bins for recyclable and dry.

“I am not aware of the regulations and I did not check the category of the bins,” said a tourist named Liu from Sichuan.


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