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07/02/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/01/2019 19:18

Moves to enforce new rules see patchy results

Minhang District Urban Management and Law Enforcement Bureau launched a household waste law enforcement campaign yesterday, checking 121 organizations, educating 75 of them and issuing 42 rectification notices.

Some 170 officers were joined by others from related district departments such as the greenery and sanitation authority, market watchdog and culture and tourism administration. This year, the bureau has carried out 1,345 operations on household waste management, checking 2,568 organizations, educating 1,179, urging rectification 826 times and dealing with 77 rule violations.

Yesterday morning, at a farm market in the district's Gumei area, some kitchen waste was found in a dry trash bin and a plastic bag, which is dry trash, in the wet bin. Officers issued a rectification notice to market administrators and had them move the waste to the proper bins.

Gu Genrong, an administrator at the Dazhenli Market, said a delay in the wet trash collection due to heavy rain had caused the problem.

'All our six wet trash bins are overfull and have no room for new trash so that we could only put some of the extra in the other bins for a while and on the ground,' Gu said. 'The wet trash truck usually arrives at 9am, but today it didn't come on time.'

However, officers didn't think this was a strong enough excuse and said Gu and his colleagues should communicate better with the garbage collection company.

At a residential complex on Hongxiu Road in Hongqiao Town, all waste was found in the correct bins.

Wang Anwu, with the community's property management company, told Shanghai Daily that the community had two dumping spots for residents after they had sorted their garbage and had volunteers there to help them. Then the waste goes through a second sorting for a double check at another site before being collected by trucks.

'Tomorrow we will have more checks at residential communities in Hongqiao Town with their neighborhood committees and property management companies on residents' dumping of household waste,' said officer Qian Chunfeng. 'We will issue rectification notices to the property management companies if there are no volunteers guiding residents at dumping spots or if the four types of trash bins are set inappropriately. For individuals who don't sort their garbage, we will first talk to them with neighborhood committee members and later have community police officers talk to them. If they still refuse to do sorting, we will give them a fine ranging from 50 yuan (US$7.30) to 200 yuan.'

At a cafe on the ground floor of a hotel on Hongmei Road, another rectification notice was issued after its trash bins were found to have no marks for wet and dry waste.

The dumping spot of the hotel and some offices in the same building were seen to have correct garbage sorting but a poor environment, which triggered a third rectification notice. Some empty old trash bins used to contain all kinds of waste with no division marks were still at a corner of the site. The person in charge of the dumping spot was educated by the officers and told to remove all old bins.

In the hotel rooms, disposable toiletries such as toothbrushes, combs and soap had been removed.

'We began informing our customers two months ago that we will not provide disposable toiletries any more starting July,' said the hotel's Yan Jin. 'We posted notices and gradually removed these items from rooms. If the customers want something, they can call the reception desk and go downstairs to pick them up, still for free.'