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Kitchen waste will help plants grow in Minhang

A neighborhood in Minhang District will soon be able to to feed its plants with fertilizer produced by residents' kitchen waste after the success of a trial garbage recycling and sorting project, local authorities said yesterday.

In Langrunyuan, an eco-friendly neighborhood in Qibao Town, residents have been encouraged to separate their kitchen waste, recyclable waste, clothes and other items they want to dispose off.

Two specially-designed machines will process the kitchen waste into fertilizer and the first batch will be ready in two months.

If the trial project goes well, the Shanghai Waste Management Office will promote the practice in more communities, said an official surnamed Zhou, who said so far they had been satisfied with the garbage recycling and sorting scheme in Langrunyuan and another neighborhood in Songjiang District.

Each family in Langrunyuan is given different trash cans for different items. Volunteers have been going from door to door every day to collect the trash and help residents develop the recycling habit.

Xing Huiyu, a 65-year-old resident, said all her eight family members had got used to garbage sorting and recycling and would continue to do so in the future.

"The garbage sorting and recycling is good for everyone in society," Xing said.

A manager with the neighborhood's property management company, surnamed Gao, said the recycling trial began in February, and so far most residents had learned how to sort their garbage.

In the neighborhood, about 750 kilograms of kitchen waste will be treated every week, and 5 to 10 percent can be processed into fertilizer, Gao said.

"All the kitchen waste collected from our residents can be used within the neighborhood," said Gao.

But Gao said workers were still needed to further sort the waste. For example, they had to pick out chicken and fish bones from kitchen waste before it was processed by the machines.


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