Shanghai, as an international metropolis, is trying to improve its own level of civilization while improving its economic level. One of the ways is to carry out waste sorting and recycling, which, has caused a hot debate.
According to the regulation, people are required to sort household garbage into four categories—residual, household food, recyclable, and hazardous waste—and individuals who fail to do so will be fined up to 200 yuan. For companies and institutions, the fine can go up to 50,000 yuan. Starting on July 1st, 2019.
This is what we should know before implementing the new Shanghai waste sorting：
What was the original way of garbage disposal?
1. The garbage from the neighborhood is collected and transported to the garbage transfer station.
2. Then the garbage is classified by the staff of the transfer station.
3. Then the garbage is compressed and packaged and sent to the garbage terminal. And finally, they will be sent to the landfill or incineration plant.
We can see that the garbage disposal process is very time-consuming. At the same time, the burning and burying of garbage have also caused a huge burden on the earth.
So garbage sorting is an urgent task.
What is the new garbage classification standard in Shanghai?
First, you should remember the four different categories of garbage disposal as stated at the beginning of this article.
Go through the pictures and get more information.
What do the large size garbage, decoration waste, and electronic waste mean？
Me: when I read all the information above,
After reading about the new classification rules, people are asking themselves, is this part of the SAT? For the reason, Chinese netizens, recommend that people should consider the feelings of pigs:
Know more about how garbage should be classified now?
The difficulty of distinguishing which type of garbage should be thrown into which trash can is not the only problem for people living in Shanghai. Garbage classification is also facing numerous problems, for instance:
Q1: How to supervise the process of garbage disposal?
Regarding supervision, different neighborhoods have different methods.
In some neighborhoods, the supervision process is taken on by the enthusiastic resident of the community which makes every garbage throwing seem like a big party.
In other residential centers, you will get a card that you need to swipe every time you throw garbage away.
Q2: Who is responsible for collecting the fine?
Well, we don’t know for sure who will charge the fine now. In some communities, the garbage disposal point will be supervised by the staff of the resident’s committee but they do not have the authority to collect fines from the community. According to governmental documents, fines are imposed by the city management law enforcement department. However, there is an unlimited number of communities, and it is hard to manage with a low amount of city law enforcement personnel.
Q3: Can I throw garbage whenever I want?
Guess what my friend？
Recently, many neighborhoods in Shanghai have removed the original trash cans and asked residents to regularly put garbage into the newly-built classified garbage bins. This creates two problems：
a. There is not enough capacity in the new garbage bins.
Some people complained that there were 2-4 trash cans under each residential building before, however, some communities now have only two garbage placement points in the entire residence center. Now, people take more time to throw their garbage.
b. It takes more time to dispose of the garbage.
The scheduled hours for throwing garbage in each community are different. Below, you will find an example of the hours from a neighborhood.
For people who often work overtime until 11 p.m. or 12 p.m. in the evening:
Q4: To what kind of garbage do animal feces belong to?
The correct answer is, animal feces does not belong to any kind of garbage.
For the dog owner, when you finish walking your dog, you should take the feces home and throw them in the toilet, by the way, the bag you use to collect the feces belongs to the residual waste.
Finally, what we want to express is that although everyone complains about the inconvenience caused by garbage sorting and it’s loopholes. The main purpose is to provide more complete knowledge about garbage classification, and hope that the government can continue with the project.
Shanghai is already the most developed city in China, and there is hope that it will also lead to the classification of waste too.
Which garbage do you think is the most difficult to classify, leave your comments below.
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