Trash bins to be removed from floors

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Garbage bins will no longer be placed on each floor of residential buildings in Shenzhen by the end of 2019, the Shenzhen Economic Daily reported Friday, citing information released by the city’s urban administration and law enforcement bureau.

To further promote garbage classification among residents, Shenzhen will continue to appoint one inspector to each housing estate to instruct residents on how to classify garbage between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. each day, while residents should dispose of classified garbage at designated points in the estates.

All of the residential estates in the city, amounting to around 3,600, should remove the garbage bins from each floor of the buildings by the end of this year, according to the bureau.

Some 805 estates in the city have already adopted the practice so far. A total of 2,348 designated points for garbage sorting have been set up, serving 480,000 households with about 1.67 million residents, the Daily reported.

Shenzhen is also considering incentives for garbage sorting and plans to issue a total of 62.5 million yuan (US$9.07 million) to reward individuals, households and residential communities, according to the bureau.

At present, the city mainly divides household garbage into four categories, namely, recyclables, kitchen waste, hazardous waste and other waste. Kitchen waste includes kitchen trash, organic waste and other biomass waste.

Draft regulations on garbage classification have been submitted to the city’s legislature for approval. The legislation is expected to be completed within the year and implemented citywide next year, said the report.