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Recycling plan reduces waste, soon will expand

THE amount of non-industrial rubbish produced by each person every day in Shanghai has dropped from an average of 0.82 kilograms in 2010 to 0.74 last year - meaning the city has reduced such waste by more than 1,000 tons per day, according to the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.

The city last year said it would reduce non-industrial rubbish by 5 percent annually from 2010 to 2011, by 20 percent 2015 and by 50 percent in 2020.

"The goal has been successfully achieved ... thanks to more trash sorting of renovation waste, restaurant kitchen waste, wet market waste and greenery waste," said the bureau's Gu Yuxin, a deputy director. "But rubbish sorting at people's homes still lags behind and only accounts for a very low percentage of the reduction."

The bureau said it has finished a trial of placing special trash-sorting bins at over 1,000 communities, schools and parks in the past two years and will encourage sorting in five districts by providing special bins or bags this year to increase awareness of the issue enhance trash-sorting at home.

The bureau yesterday said it will hold a competition for a slogan in Chinese to encourage waste sorting. The competition is open from Monday to March 31 and winners get up to 5,000 yuan (US$794). See


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