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City tackles mounting domestic garbage

Shanghai will have more than 60 percent of new residential projects inside the Outer Ring Road fully furnished for sales, up from below 40 percent now, to reduce wastes from home decoration.

There's no exact figure about the percentage of wastes generated by home furnishing teams in the total amount of garbage the city trucks away every day, but the city's sanitation bureau said home decoration has become a major source of wastes, according to its survey.

The bureau said a trial is also under way to install garbage disposal units under kitchen sinks in some new residential projects. The device, which shreds food waste into pieces before flushing down the plumbing, is widely used in American homes, to reduce domestic garbage. If the trial is successful, garbage disposal will be promoted citywide.

Another problem facing the sanitation bureau is that many residents are reluctant to practice garbage sorting. The government-funded scheme now covers more than 1,000 residential complexes across the city, but less than 60 percent of their residents do garbage sorting and many of them do that incorrectly, which means sanitary workers have to sort garbage again.

Shanghai lawmakers said today they will study the feasibility of a scheme to charge garbage disposal fees to reduce the amount of wastes the city discharges every day.


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