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Residents to pay for household waste

SHANGHAI residents may soon have to pay for their household waste.

Local officials have set a timetable in an effort to reduce the volume of trash and promote environmentally friendly sorting and processing of waste disposal.

If the plans work out according to schedule, it may take effect in three to five years, failing which it will be introduced in 2020.

Shanghai is already charging institutions, government agencies and private businesses to collect their waste since 2005, adding around 690 million yuan (US$110 million) to the exchequer in 2011.

Lu Yuexing, vice director of Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau, said yesterday an official announcement would be made once they have perfected the home waste treatment system and passed relevant laws.

"We will consider the experiences of other countries 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," Lu said.

Officials said trash sorting and reduction is a long-term campaign and they would need another 10 years to promote the concept among residents.

Local delegates at the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference's Shanghai committee had proposed a trash disposal legislation at the annual session.

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


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