Guangzhou releases China's first garbage sorting regulation

15:25, February 18, 2011      

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In an effort to cut down on ever-increasing urban trash, Guangzhou's local government released China's first regulation to make garbage sorting mandatory.

Refusing to sort garbage will be fined. The regulation imposes a fine of at least 50 yuan, or 7.60 U.S. dollars, on each personal violator, and at least 500 yuan for every cubic meter on each organization, city officials announced at yesterday's press conference.

The regulation comes into effect on April,1,2011. It aims at ensuring that at least 50 percent of garbage is sorted every year before being disposed of in a landfill. The goal is to build up a comprehensive garbage sorting disposal system by the year 2012.

Guangzhou's local authorities have scheduled professional training specifically targeting the green staff and volunteers. Periodic workshops will be organized three to four times this year.

Public worries about the measurement of the unlawful actions were resolved in the conference by Zhang Jianguo, the vice director of the Guangzhou administrative committee of urban management. He said that laws are intended to cultivate reasonable and civilized habits in people instead of just collecting fines.

Also, the only step that residents are expected to do is just to separate the trash into "dry" and "wet", which means that sanitation staff would be responsible for the following further categorization with professional equipment. It is generally free for the resident to sort garbage.

Discarded batteries are to be collected in red bins. This includes button batteries and rechargeable batteries only. No. 5 and No.7 batteries are exempted.

By Li Yancheng, People's Daily Online
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