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Residents may pay for trash to be sorted

CITY residents may be charged a fee to have their trash sorted, in a bid to reduce waste and increase recycling, environmental officials said yesterday.

A charging system has been submitted to the city's reform and development commission - the economic planning body - for consideration.

But details, such as how to collect fees and how much these would be, are still under discussion.

"Fees are a most effective measure for promoting garbage sorting, based on the experience of other countries and regions," said Zhang Quan, director of Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau.

Officials said garbage sorting and reducing unnecessary packaging are two major targets for the next five years.

Meanwhile, the city has announced trials on sorting rubbish in 500,000 households this year. Officials want to reduce the amount of rubbish by 3.5 percent in 2011.

Shanghai generates about 7 million tons of non-industrial rubbish a year.


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