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Little change in waste sorting

The government’s effort to promote garbage sorting has made some progress but it is finding that habits are very hard to change.

Only half of the residents polled in a survey had their domestic waste sorted before dumping it despite the government’s effort to promote sorting to reduce waste pollution, according to a survey results released by the Shanghai Women’s Federation yesterday.

About 91 percent of the residents in a pilot garbage sorting program said they knew how to sort the garbage but it was difficult to change habits.

“Although the residents now have a higher awareness of garbage sorting than before, it is hard for them to change their habit in a short time,” said Chen Jianjun, director of the federation’s children and family department.

Chen said many sanitary workers complained they had to tear apart the plastics bags containing unsorted garbage and sort it out themselves.



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