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City struggling with highway littering

AUTHORITIES are studying the feasibility of a tip off and harsher fines in an attempt to control littering on the highway, Wang Rong, Party secretary of the Shanghai Maintenance and Management Co Ltd, the city's highway administrator, said yesterday.

Although most citizens are aware of the punishment for littering on the highways, about 68 percent of private car drivers and an appalling 95 percent of truck and bus drivers admitted that they throw garbage on highway sometimes for the sake of convenience, according to a as-yet incomplete survey conducted by the Shanghai Spiritual Civilization Office and Shanghai University.

The survey was still not completed. The above result was based on the feedback from about 500 respondents.

The survey found that much of the garbage was sand and stone from trucks, besides cigarette butts and food packages.

Every month, more than 100 tons of garbage are removed from the city's Inner Ring Road, North-South Elevated Road and Yan'an Elevated Road, the city's arterial roads, the administrator said.

"Newspaper and plastic bags are among the most dangerous as they can block the sight of drivers, causing serious accidents," Wang said.

He said some drivers, or passengers of high-end cars, chuck more rubbish than others from their cars as they pay more attention to their vehicles.

Some residents have called for hefty fines and suggested drivers carry a rubbish bag in the cars or vehicles.

"Encouraging drivers to have a trash bag in their cars may be a good way to solve the problem," said a local driver surnamed Wei.


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