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Fines for failure to comply with latest regulations

People can be fined up to 200 yuan (US$30) from July 1 if they fail to sort garbage three times within 30 days, the city’s urban management and law enforcement authorities said.

Violators of Shanghai’s first domestic garbage regulations will be ordered to fix the problem first, or face a fine of between 50 and 200 yuan.

A supporting notice on the regulations has been released by the Shanghai Urban Management and Law Enforcement Bureau, with detailed explained on how to define failure to rectify. Four circumstances are listed as the basis for the fine.

These include refusing or obstructing the investigation and evidence-taking of officials at the scene, refusing to sign the rectification notice issued by urban management and law enforcement authorities, refusing to fix the problem at the scene, and being spotted more than three times with irregularities within 30 days.

The rectification should be completed within 10 days.

Foreign tourists and expats will also be fined for irregularities, officials said.

Individuals found mixing wet trash with recyclable or dry trash will be fined 50 to 100 yuan if they are caught the first time and refuse to rectify.

For repeat offending, violators will be fined between 100 and 200 yuan if they refuse to make improvement.

First-time violators mixing hazardous waste with the other three types of trash will be fined 50 to 150 yuan if they refuse to rectify.

The fine will be lifted to 150 to 200 yuan if they are spotted for the second or more times and refuse to make improvements.

If an individual is found dropping trash at random and fixes the problem after education, but makes the same mistake again, it can not be deemed as a successful rectification, officials with the bureau said.

Evidences of irregularities include written records at the scene, statements, surveillance camera footage, photos and witnesses, officials said. Tip-offs are also included, according to the bureau.

Enterprises now can be fined up to 500 yuan for failure to have correct trash bins in place, and up to 1,000 yuan for failure to sort waste. From July 1, the fines will be raised to 5,000 yuan and 50,000 yuan.

Enterprises caught the second time or more mixing hazardous waste with other three types of trash can be fined between 30,000 yuan and 50,000 if they refuse to rectify.

The city’s law enforcement and urban management authorities can revoke the domestic garbage operation and service license if collection or transportation enterprises fail to use exclusive vehicles, fail to mark the types of domestic garbage clearly, or fail to achieve airtight transportation or install an online monitoring system.


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