The amount of wet waste processed every day in some urban districts has grown dramatically.
Yangpu District government told city legislators on Wednesday that it now processes 427 tons of wet waste, or 50 percent more daily than the end of last year. Hongkou District processes 178 tons of such waste daily, up 53 percent.
Meanwhile, the amount of dry waste has decreased. This is hazardous or recyclable waste, defined in the city’s first regulation on garbage sorting, which will take effect on July 1.
In Yangpu District, 958 tons of dry waste is collected daily, down 15 percent from 1,132 tons at the end of last year.
In Hongkou District, the total amount of waste collected daily stands at 593 tons, down 6.5 percent from 634 tons, according to the authorities.
Wu Bing, head of the landscaping and city appearance administrative bureau of Yangpu District, said the increase is the result of a “forceful campaign” promoting garbage sorting among residents over the past few months.
“Generally speaking, the residents now sort out their waste better than before,” he said. “As a result, we pay less money per ton to the wet waste processor because previously our wet waste was treated as dry waste which required further sorting.”
According to the Yangpu District government, 70 percent of the wet waste is now processed into fertilizer, up from 60 percent at the end of last year.
The two district governments discussed their processes in promoting garbage sorting during sittings with deputies of the Shanghai People’s Congress on Wednesday.
Lian Bailin, a deputy who works as the board director of CMB Financial Leasing Co, suggested that the government seek ways to shorten the routes between the collection points of wet waste and the garbage-sorting facilities so as to reduce pollution.
Currently in urban districts, most wet waste is transported to a spot in Laogang Town in the south of the Pudong New Area and another near Xupu Bridge in the south of Xuhui District.
Yangpu District now has only one wet waste processing facility in the urban area with a daily capacity of 600 tons.
Shi Zheng, another deputy who is head of the workers’ union of Shanghai Pudong New Area Jingao Public Transportation Co, proposed that Yangpu and Hongkou districts share the wet waste facility in Yangpu.
In Hongkou District, the government is also making progress in processing and recycling household home decoration waste.
The government said that from the end of February, all such waste is processed within the district, which attempts to recycle 90 percent of such waste.