Guangzhou to implement garbage classification

Guangzhou to implement garbage classificationGuangzhou residents will think twice before throwing away garbage. Offenders will be fined up to 50 yuan for putting garbage in the wrong trash bin. Guangzhou will be implementing a garbage classification decree, the first in China on April 1.

The new regulation will require garbage to be placed in four separate bins properly identified as recycled waste, kitchen waste, hazardous waste and other waste. Those who are not correctly placing or disposing their waste faces fines up to 50 yuan, organizations and businesses violating the rules will be fined 500 yuan for each cubic meter of waste thrown away. The city management department will be handling the enforcement of the new rules, but the department have not yet elaborated on how they will be implementing the new rules.

Guangzhou hopes that the citizen’s will start developing a habit in sorting their garbage, rather that paying the fine. Pilot neighborhoods in Guangzhou have been practicing garbage classification since January 2010, but enforcers find it hard to catch offenders thus making it difficult in issuing fines.

Statistics shows that Guangzhou generates around 15,000 tons of garbage in one year, with a quarter of  the garbage classified as recycled.

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