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Yangpu ranks top among districts for trash sorting

Yangpu, Jiading and Hongkou districts and the Pudong New Area were the best at sorting trash in the first half of this year, with Minhang, Putuo and Huangpu districts at the bottom, the city’s greenery and public sanitation authorities announced yesterday.

All 16 city districts scored above 92 in terms of garbage sorting, an “excellent” level, the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau revealed.

Yangpu scored 96.49, followed by Jiading (96.46), Hongkou (95.8) and Pudong (95.8), while Minhang (92.88), Putuo (93.35) and Huangpu (93.49) were at the bottom, according to the bureau.

Pudong and Jinshan District made the biggest progress, with their rankings climbing 12 and 10 places, respectively, from the same period last year.

The assessment is based on the installation of facilities for garbage sorting, trash-sorting promotion, cleaners’ work and sorting efficiency, the bureau announced earlier.

For the first time, new criteria covering facilities such as wash basins and odor control is included in the city’s trash-sorting assessment system at residential communities.

Measures to control smell at disposal spots at residential complexes, and whether they are equipped with tools to break open plastic bags and wash basins are included in evaluations, said the bureau.

Food waste and other wet rubbish inside plastic bags must be emptied into wet trash bins, and the bags themselves placed in dry trash bins. This require the opening of bags at trash disposal sites.

The assessment also includes the sorting performance of streetside businesses, and the evaluation teams have been expanded to include representatives from relevant working units and social supervisors for the first time, together with the National People’s Congress deputies and members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference at city and district level.

A total of 218 towns and subdistricts across the city scored “excellent” for trash sorting, while only two — Changxing Town in Chongming District and the Gumei Road Subdistrict in Minhang — scored “fine,” the bureau said.

In June, about 968,600 tons of household garbage were collected in the city, the bureau said. A total of 9,632 tons of wet garbage were separated daily on average last month, rising 38.5 percent from the same period last year.

In total, 6,814 tons of recyclable waste were sorted daily in June, soaring 71 percent from June last year.


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