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Guangzhou's garbage decree helps more waste be recycled

04-11-2012 08:26 BJT

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In Guangzhou city in south China’s Guangdong Province, the garbage generated by the city has hit a 7 percent year-on-year increase, almost at the same pace with the city’s rising GDP.

Guangzhou issued first garbage classification regulation in 2011

Residents in south China's city of Guangzhou will need to think twice before throwing garbage as they could be fined up to 50 yuan (about 7.8 U.S.dollars) for putting it in the wrong bin. Full story >>

1 year ago, only about 33 percent of the garbage is recycled  

It has been a whole year since the southern China metropolis issued the country’s first garbage classification regulation. But how is it going now?

While Guangzhou enjoys an economic boom, the amount of the garbage is on the up too. The city produces nearly 18, 000 tons of garbage a day, but most of the trash is buried or burnt. Only about 33 percent of the garbage is recycled.

This poses a great risk to the environment and the health of residents near dumps. About one year ago, in order to enforce garbage classification, Gaungzhou started to implement a garbage decree - the first in China.

About one year ago, in order to enforce garbage classification,
Gaungzhou started to implement a garbage decree - the first in

1 year later, residents have developed the habit of sorting garbage

This requires residents to put garbage into four separate bins labeled recyclable waste, kitchen waste, hazardous waste and other. A resident said, "The leftovers and fruit peel is kitchen waste. Plastic bags, paper and cigarette ends belong to the other waste."

Garbage classification is a better and more sustainable way of waste processing. Most of the residents in this community have developed the habit of sorting garbage and putting them into the collection truck on time. But there’s a long way to go.

About one year ago, in order to enforce garbage classification, Gaungzhou started to
implement a garbage decree - the first in China.

Problems exist: Many migrant workers don’t know how to sort garbage

"The problem is that many migrant workers living here don’t know how to do it properly." More >>

Because of this, sanitation workers have to classify the trash again. But now that most of the residents are supportive of the policy and they are aware that separating trash into different materials, will help more waste be recycled, albeit slowly.

Garbage recycling in China 

Hangzhou: Children are encouraged to recycle waste in classes

Children are encouraged to recycle waste in classes set up by the pilot community. They can also bring unused items from their homes to the class for resale. Labeled trash cans have tips telling people how to sort their rubbish.

The janitors keep track. Residents can get annual cash rewards for sorting their garbage properly. The program is proving so successful that over 80% of residents in the community are taking part. Full story >>

Beijing: Scale of garbage classification enlarged

Beijing is enlarging the scale of garbage classification in more than one-thousand residential communities this year.

The initiative, developed from last year's pilot project in 600 Beijing neighborhoods, is part of a city-wide campaign to promote waste separation at the source. Full story >>

Garbage recycling worldwide

Tokyo: Idea of reuse, reduce and recycle spreads into each household

The idea is simple; reduce the amount of garbage at the source. Which requires active initiative by each resident.

Akira Terakado, plant manager of Shinkoto Incineration Plant, said, "We have asked the residents to practice the following three things. Reuse, Reduce, Recycle and for them to separate the garbage, it will greatly cut the amount of waste from each household." Full story >>

Mexico: Aggressive recycling measures & green energy projects underway

The mayor of Mexico City has decided to close a giant garbage dump in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two million tonnes annually.

The Monday announcement promises to close the Bordo Poniente garbage dump - one of the world's biggest landfills. The government plans to implement aggressive recycling measures and green energy projects after the closure of the dump. Full story >>


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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