Shanghai residents are all gearing up for a massive recycling overhaul. Since this past month, the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau has been releasing official domestic garbage sorting and dumping guidelines to the general public. It will take time for everyone to naturally be conscious of their garbage habits but I hope this initiative will be followed through with an effective positive outcome for the future.
The new regulations will come into effect on July 1 and we are seeing every building and garbage collection point getting themselves ready for the change. Friends have also told me of neighbourhood door-door knocking with brochures in hand to help clarify the guidelines for residents. Have a look at the charts below and see if they are clear enough. Individuals can be fined up to 200 rmb for failing to sort garbage. Last year, residents were fined for not slowing down at yellow traffic lights and for honking, so garbage sorting should eventually work as well.
With larger items like sofas, mattresses, fridges etc. There will be collection points where people can drop those off. I’ve also been told that I won’t be able to discard any leftover food in the public trash cans and will have to keep it with me until I come across a food waste bin. Shanghai has been trying to reduce food waste in restaurants this past year and so this will hopefully help with that as well.
This will be a very interesting exercise to witness and participate in and by the time we leave Shanghai, this city is perhaps going to green clean.