The official WeChat account of the Shanghai Municipal Greening and Urban Image Management Bureau (上海市绿化和市容管理局官) has published an article reporting on the results of Shanghai’s new waste-sorting regulations after the first 100 days of implementation. According to the article, a recent inspection covering 3,724 residential areas and 443 workplaces in Shanghai revealed that the rate of achievement of the set targets for waste-sorting has increased from 15% at the end of last year to 80% in the third quarter of 2019. Most residents have adapted to the new rules, hence it is now unnecessary to have volunteers conduct monitoring.
The impact of the waste-sorting rules has apparently exceeded expectations. As of the end of September 2019, the total weight of recyclable waste collected daily was 5,605 tons, compared to a target of 3,299 tons a day; kitchen waste processed each day was 9,009 tons, compared to a target of 5,520 tons a day; the amount of residual waste was kept below 1,5276 tons a day, compared to a target of 2,100 tons a day, while hazardous waste diverted was 0.62 tons a day.
Since the enforcement of the new rules, Shanghai has completed the upgrading of 21,000 waste-sorting stations and the relevant signage. As of the end of September, 1,327 kitchen waste trucks, 3,084 residual waste trucks, 86 hazardous waste trucks and 192 recyclable waste trucks were in service. The authorities have also built 12,100 recycling centres, 169 transfer stations and nine central waste redistribution facilities to accommodate the new rules.