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Garbage sorting better, but still patchy

Garbage sorting in Shanghai has come a long way since July 1, when regulations were introduced, but current results are uneven, city legislators said in a report released yesterday.

Guidance and monitoring at public institutions, companies and street shops was not satisfactory, and results differed greatly in both residential complexes and in companies, it said. In some residential complexes, facilities are either still missing or badly managed, and some rely on cleaning services to sort garbage.

Scheduled hours for garbage sorting remained a problem as some residents simply left their garbage outside if they missed the times, the report said.

Since the law came into effect, over 16,000 companies and 3,800 individuals have been required to comply with the law and over 3,400 garbage sorting cases had been dealt with. The report was based on unannounced checks between July to October.

Tang Zhiping, vice mayor of Shanghai, said companies lagged behind residential complexes in garbage-sorting accuracy, especially due to inadequate marking of bins for different kinds of garbage, singling out restaurants, wet markets, airports and bus stations.

However, Tang said both residents’ participation in garbage sorting and the results had been “significantly beyond expectation.”




 

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