SHANGHAI: A plan to introduce a garbage-sorting system to improve sanitation
and make a better use of recyclable materials is currently under discussion, an
official here said yesterday.
The project is being deliberated by the city appearance and environmental
sanitation administration bureau (CAESAB).
"A detailed plan for a trial operation will not be released until the end of
July or early August," Chen Wencai, a spokesperson for the garbage
administration department of the CAESAB, said.
It is expected the project will be piloted in selected areas, with
environmental experts later deciding how it might be rolled out across the city.
According to figures from the CAESAB, households in Shanghai produce 15,000
tons of waste every day, with the volume growing by 5 percent a year. The city
spends more than 1 billion yuan ($132 million) every year to treat it.
Shanghai already has a recycling system, with workers based near residential
areas making regular collections of paper, cardboard and other recyclable
products. In addition, commuters are encouraged to hand over their "used"
newspapers to collectors posted outside subway stations.
One worker at a downtown station, who asked not to be named, said he
collected an average of 10 kg of newspapers every weekday morning.
However, the materials currently being collected account for just 8 percent
of the total waste, the bureau said.
The city still needs to improve its garbage-sorting system, Chen said.
The city's environmental administrators are also calling on people to sell as
much reusable garbage as they can to recycling centers. A complete plan to
facilitate more detailed garbage sorting will probably come out in the first
three months of next year, Chen told China Daily.
Currently, there are garbage-sorting systems in operation in 3,700
residential communities. The project was introduced in the downtown area in
The first 100 trial sites were set up the following year, but with no obvious
effect, either because the idea of saving waste is alien to people, or because
the process itself is not efficient, a report by the Shanghai Morning Post said.
The city categorizes household waste into six groups, according to how it is
treated: Daily life waste, restaurant waste, home decoration materials, food
market garbage and large-size waste.
(China Daily 07/11/2007 page5)