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Rules for recycling, sorting to cut rubbish

SHANGHAI plans to reduce non-industrial waste that needs processing to 0.7 kilograms per person per day this year from last year's 0.74 kilograms.

By 2015, the city government is also seeking to have 5 million families separating wet and dry waste, officials said yesterday.

Residents who separate waste and use legal recycling channels may be offered bonuses through a green account that the city is expected to promote.

Officials said the city is studying laws to promote residential waste sorting and reduction, including ways to charge locals for waste disposal. A regulation on non-industrial waste sorting and reduction is expected to be issued this year.

"Incentive policies will be more effective to encourage residents to separate recyclable waste instead of mandatory measures, given the current legal system and people's awareness," said Vice Mayor Jiang Ping. "We must work out a model in line with Shanghai's own situation for a well-developed chain of residential waste reduction, collection, treatment and recycling."

Starting in 2011, the city set a goal of reducing the amount of non-industrial rubbish by 5 percent annually based on 2010 figures and realize at least a 20 percent reduction by 2015 and a 50 percent in 2020.

The daily production of non-industrial rubbish dropped from 0.82 kilograms per person in 2010 to last year's 0.74 kilograms, meaning the city cut the amount of residential rubbish by over 1,000 tons per day.


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