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Parks get picky in trash sorting

FIFTY parks in Shanghai began garbage classification in a pilot project yesterday and the program will be rolled out in 107 more parks in the city next year.

Trash is separated with different bins. In the administrative areas of parks, there are bins for harmful waste such as batteries and light bulbs, for recyclable rubbish like plastics and paper and for other garbage.

In the catering areas, wet waste should be sorted out because kitchen waste like kitchen leftovers and fruit peelings can pollute the environment during transport and slow trash burning because they contain water.

In other park areas, just two types of dust bins are used - for recyclable garbage and for all other trash.

Withered tree leaves and branches will be shredded inside the parks rather than being transported to treatment factories.

Parks will be encouraged to add or further classify garbage with more bins based on their experience, said the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.

Parks involved in the program are citywide, including Century Park in Pudong New Area, Jing'an Park, Zhongshan Park, the Shanghai Zoo and the Chenshan Botanic Garden.


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