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Plan calls for residential trash fee

LOCAL officials are discussing a plan to charge residents for household trash treatment, saying as the trash fee is "unavoidable" as part of a campaign to reduce the volume of trash and promote environmentally friendly sorting and processing.

Officials from the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau discussed the plan yesterday, World Environment Day.

Shanghai has been charging institutions, government agencies and private businesses to collect their waste since 2005. The charge brought in around 690 million yuan (US$110 million) last year. But it hasn't charged households.

"Stimulation and punishment should both be adopted to reduce domestic trash from the start," said Lu Yuexing, vice director of the sanitation bureau. "Charging a trash treatment fee is an effective measure for trash reduction, while we will consider experiences at home and abroad and study the city's trash treatment cost, local people's income and expenditure structure to work out a feasible and practical method of levying the fee."

Shanghai set a goal of reducing the per capita amount of trash that needs to be processed by 5 percent annually.

"Shanghai will promote trash incineration technology and fully develop biochemical treatment while landfill methods will be used as a supporting measure, given the local population, trash quantity and quality, and land resources," said Tang Jiafu, the sanitation bureau's chief engineer.

Officials said trash sorting and reduction is a long-term campaign and Shanghai planned to spend 10 years to promote the concept to all residents.

The pilot household waste-reduction campaign will be expanded from last year's 1,080 residential complexes to another 1,050 venues this year. As part of the trial, residents are required to separate dry and wet trash.

Wet garbage can leak during transportation and slows trash burning.

A city rule will be worked out to regulate collection, transportation and treatment of kitchen waste. That's especially the case with used kitchen oil, in order to prevent the illegal practice of selling swill oil to illegal dealers, who channel it back to people's tables, according to officials.


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