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Here’s how your rubbish-sorting efforts have been paying off

The city aims to end the use of landfills by 2020

Photograph: Paweł Czerwiński via Unsplash
Ever wonder if your now almost automatic rubbish-sorting efforts are having any significant impact on the city? The answer is rather positive. According to SHINE, over 70 percent of household waste has been composted, incinerated or recycled as of September, meaning less than 30 percent went to landfills.

According to the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau, 9,000 tons of wet rubbish gets properly sorted on a daily basis since the regulations took effect on July 1, which is more than double the amount from the end of 2018. Proper sorting of recyclable waste has increased five-fold as of the end of September as well, making it 5,605 tons sorted daily.

Plus, 80 percent of residential complexes are following the rubbish-sorting regulations – that number was only 15 percent at the end of last year. Nearly 90 percent of office buildings also follow the city’s rubbish-sorting rules. The city aims to end the use of landfills by the year of 2020.