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No wasting time: City gears up for garbage sorting

The daily amount of recyclable waste collected in Shanghai last month exceeded 3,200 tons, 15 times more than 2017, the government said yesterday.

Also in May, the daily amount of wet waste was 6,220 tons, up 77 percent from 2017, it added.

With the first garbage-sorting regulation in Shanghai set to take effect on July 1, residents and companies are getting ready to meet the legal requirements. City legislators made a tour to several locations for an inspection yesterday afternoon.

At Hongqiao Shijia Huayuan, a residential complex in Changning District, over 90 percent of its 580 residents now drop their sorted-out garbage at the complex’s waste terminal during fixed hours every day, according to the residents’ committee.

Also, since the garbage-sorting rules were introduced in October last year, the daily amount of garbage collected has apparently been reduced by 1.2 tons since then.

Yang Fudi, head of the residents’ committee, said residents can drop their sorted-out garbage from 7am to 10am and from 5pm to 8pm although initially there were some doubts about the conditions. “We assured them that after all garbage bins inside the buildings are gone, they will all live in a better environment, and they gradually took to it,” she said.

At the Asia-Pacific headquarters of the German company Bosch, also in Changning, garbage-sorting rules have been introduced in every office of the building in which about 2,500 employees work.

Instead of discarding garbage in little bins under their desks, the workers now sort out and drop it in garbage bins located elsewhere on the same floor.

“As a result, our offices have generated more wet waste than before, so we added two more garbage containers for such waste,” said a manager surnamed Zhang from the company’s department in charge of infrastructure planning.

Also, the company collected an additional 1.5 tons of recyclable waste last year than in 2017 when 2.4 tons of such waste was collected, a result of garbage sorting, Zhang explained.

At Hongqiao International Airport, the terminals’ operational management team said the 1,500 garbage bins inside the airport have been reduced to 800, but there is no littering by passengers. However, the waste collected has to be further sorted out in their garbage-sorting area since the waste-sorting rules are still not known to all.

Most of the garbage at the airport is residual waste — garbage which is not recyclable nor wet or harmful to the environment, so this type of waste is transported away three times a day, while wet and recyclable waste is taken away once a day.


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