Source: China State Council Information Office 2
The environment of over 90% of the residential communities in Beijing has improved after China’s capital city started mandating waste sorting in May, according to a recent investigation led by the Standing Committee of the Beijing Municipal People’s Congress.
Beijing’s household waste regulation requires people to classify garbage into four categories: kitchen, recyclable, hazardous, and other waste.
An investigation group consisted of 13,000 deputies to the local people’s congresses conducted field inspections at over 5,600 residential communities, 3,300 villages, as well as 11,000 public facilities, major agricultural markets, grocery stores, and logistic centers.
They found that the separation rate for kitchen garbage have increased to 19.79%, with total volume up nearly 12 folds from before mandatory sorting; 84% of the garbage sorting facilities are up to standard, compared to only 7% in the past; up to 85.19% of the garbage cans have been assigned with designated workers. Over 74.12% of Beijing residents have participated in garbage sorting.
For the next step, the investigation group suggests that related functionaries should improve people’s awareness of waste sorting, set up sorting facilities for bulky waste, and introduce tax incentives and subsidies for low-value recyclables.