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Garbage sorting better than expected

Garbage sorting since the introduction of new rules on July 1 has been better than expected, although it was still wanting in many places, a legislator said yesterday.

Wei Dong, a member of the Standing Committee of the Shanghai People’s Congress and the urban construction and environmental protection committee, joined fellow deputies in an unannounced inspection of garbage sorting in four city districts yesterday.

“Considering the gap in garbage sorting between Shanghai and some foreign countries, we can say that our city is well under way to close the gap with more effective enforcement of the rules than we actually expected,” he said. Besides strict enforcement, more awareness campaigns and more effective communication between the government and residents are needed, Wei said.

“The residential complexes where garbage sorting has been in force for months and even for years are doing better than the rest, and this means that with time and effort, all of us can eventually do better,” Wei said.

He and his colleagues, along with urban management officers, inspected several places in the city including colleges and universities, office buildings, residential complexes and hotels.

At Shanghai University’s Jiading campus, some bins near dorms were not marked with the types of garbage they’re supposed to take, while in a bin for dry garbage, there was food waste.

At the Shenquan Huayuan residential complex in Baoshan District, Wang Qun, the property manager, said the garbage terminal is now open 24/7 after the residents complained. “We agreed but we also told them that in this case they would have to watch their garbage sorting very well,” she said.


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