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Recycling scheme set to roll out across city

A government scheme that rewards people for properly disposing of their household waste is to be rolled out across the city, officials said yesterday.

A trial project involving 700 households in Songjiang was launched last year. Over the following months it was extended to 327 neighborhoods, 94 villages, 141 schools, 468 institutions and 60 food markets in the district.

Under the scheme people earn “green points” by taking their household waste to nominated collection points at set times of the day. Once sufficient points have been accumulated they can be redeemed for gifts.

In Songjiang, residents are asked to take their trash to neighborhood collection centers between the hours of 7-8:30am and 6-7pm.

To help process all of the wet garbage collected from government canteens and food markets, the district government has bought 26 biochemical processors.

In 95 Songjiang neighborhoods, teams have been set up to handle the recycling of waste plastic and clothes.

They handle about 6 tons of waste per day, with the majority of the clothes being laundered and donated to charitable organizations.

The garbage handling scheme is one of 10 citywide initiatives planned for this year.

Others include a campaign to find Shanghai’s “greenest” residential community, a photography competition and courses for children on environmental protection.


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