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Gifts for garbage program cleans up

RESIDENTS in 100 communities in downtown Jing'an District are being offered gifts for sorting their garbage properly.

The city's environment authority has launched a program to improve neighborhoods by adopting classified waste collection.

In the program people get gifts, including shopping bags and small gadgets, through the bonus points they earn for sorting their garbage correctly and disposing properly of things like batteries, milk cartons and toys.

Since the program was introduced last December, 4,137 tons of recyclable milk cartons have been collected, the program's organizers said.

They said the program will be expanded to 1,000 communities citywide with 3,000 volunteers helping.

At the beginning of last year, Shanghai's environment authority introduced classified garbage collection in 100 communities. The project was expanded to 1,492 communities and 1,022 companies by the end of the year. Altogether 75.82 tons of hazardous garbage such as expired medicines, mobile phones and batteries were collected as well as 436 tons of glass. Recyclable garbage amounted to 6,431 tons - 2 percent of all the garbage collected.


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