Is Waste Sorted Today?

Posted on August 24, 2020

Did you know that since July 1, 2019, garbage classification went live in Shanghai? Shanghai city is the 1st city in China to start garbage classification. Based on Shanghai’s classification standards, all waste is classified to these categories: hazardous waste, recyclable waste, household food waste, and residual waste. All citizens can be informed of this process with a leaflet and handbook from their neighborhood committee.This information is also broadcast on television.

My daughter, who is 5 years old, learned about garbage classification from her teacher in kindergarten. I am surprised that she knows quite well how to sort our main living waste even though she can’t read or write yet. She can identify the waste through the colors of garbage bins: red for hazardous, green for recyclable, brown for household food, and black for residual.

About four garbage stations are set up for one residence community. Volunteers monitor if the waste is sorted and there are fixed opening hours of the garbage station. It is becoming a habit to have residents sort their garbage after practicing day after day.

Garbage classification is meaningful for the world and environment and it could save a lot of resources. We believe that our earth will get better and more beautiful.


Contributor: Chelsea Gu

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