Classification of Trash
    2010-11-28 19:13:25      Web Editor: Xu Leiying

The safe treatment of trash matters when it comes to sustainable urban life. Beijing is asking its residents for opinions about the proposed garbage classification rules that it intends to introduce to better manage trash, which is a step toward reducing trash and achieving sustainable treatment of it.

The draft regulations stipulate that individuals, who violate trash classification rules, will face fines of between 20 to 200 yuan and the fine for work units will be from 5,000 to 50,000 yuan. Individuals or work units who reduce the amount of trash they produce will receive rewards.

An editorial in the China Daily notes that such rules are not going to work without cooperation from residents.

The article further points out how to make residents cooperate in garbage-sorting, which remains the sticking point. This is where community workers must play a more active role. They need to guide residents so the latter know what kind of trash to put in which can. They also need to supervise whether there are residents who defy the rules and throw away mixed trash.

Grassroots government, such as sub-district committees and neighborhood committees, must be well organized and take responsibility to emphasize to the public the importance of trash classification and how it is done.

In conclusion, the paper stresses that local governments should never take it for granted that once rules are made, people will follow the rules and things will get done. Government officials must go down to the communities and mobilize community workers to stand by trash cans, teach residents how to classify garbage and make sure they do it correctly. That process is necessary for the rules to work.


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