City Advisers Pushes Importance of Garbage Classification
City political advisers are pushed the importance of separating kitchen waste from other domestic garbage during a open panel discussion at the Book City CBD Store in Futian. One adviser said that kitchen waste when mixed with other recyclable garbage will only pollute it if not separated properly. And by doing trash classification more recyclable resources will be gathered.
More than 14,000 tons of garbage is collected in the city every day, in which 46 percent is kitchen waste. Kitchen waste also emits a foul odor when rotten and its liquids are very polluting. The city started it garbage classification program in more than 500 location ranging from residential communities, restaurants, schools and industrial parks. Residents were required to classify their daily wastes into four categories namely kitchen waste, hazardous waste, recyclables and other wastes.
Some admit that the program still needs to be promoted as many residents still don’t know how to sort their garbage properly. Experts notice that a majority of the city’s residents has a poor sense of garbage classification, which means that the local government should give more importance in the promotion of garbage classification and implement proper measures.
Some advisers are saying that it’s not the right time to promote the separation of garbage since supporting facilities are still needed. Facilities being used in treating kitchen waste are expensive and find the right location to place them if difficult. Even though there were13 waste treatment facilities built in Shenzhen by the end of 2013 it was still not enough to handle the amount of waste that the city generates.