Shanghai has a New Trash Sorting Rule

Trash Sorting Rule Took Effect July1 in Shanghai, according to a July 23, 2019 Huffington Post story. It states that residents are required to sort and place their trash in Black bins for “dry” stuff, brown for “wet,” blue for “recyclable” and red for “hazardous.”. According to the article, “… There’s a penalty of 200 yuan ($30) for folks who don’t comply …”.

The Chinese government intends to extend the sorting requirement to the rest of the country “soon” - The rule is “… meant to cut down on landfill waste ― including plastic … China has a booming recycling industry, but virtually no municipal collection systems that feed directly into it … Experts caution that sorting waste is only the first step. Cities also need to build out infrastructure to collect, transport and process waste …”