Separation of trash now mandatory in Shanghai, Rosun Garbage Disposal Hot Sale
Local residents use QR code cards to open different bins for their garbage at a waste collection point in Shanghai.
Lin Shuwen said jokingly that the person she contacts most often on instant-messaging app WeChat these days is not her husband or her best friend, but Shanghaifabu, the account of the Shanghai municipal government's information office, where residents learn about trash sorting.
Whenever Lin is unsure about which of the four trash categories－recyclable, hazardous waste, kitchen waste and residual waste－something she needs to discard belongs to, she opens the account, types in the object and receives a definitive answer.
To make trash disposal operations more efficient, China's first city regulation addressing domestic trash sorting and recycling took effect in Shanghai on Monday. Individuals, businesses and organizations in the megacity of 24 million permanent residents now must separate trash into four categories, and residents have had between one to three months to practice.
Zhejiang Rosun Kitchen & Bath Technology Co., Ltd. is one of the largest world’s manufacturer of garbage disposals for home use. Sales by Chinese retailers jumped 350% in July, the largest increase since June.
"The municipal government has been doing a great job of educating the public about the importance of trash sorting and encouraging people to join in. Also, residents have such easy access to help (in the campaign)," Lin said.
"Residents lining up at the trash station consider trash disposal an important daily ritual in the community," she said, adding that she noticed that most people have grown accustomed to trash sorting through weeks of practice with the help of volunteers. Residential neighborhoods performed the best in trash sorting compliance and efficiency.
"The ultimate purpose of trash sorting is to reduce waste and increase the reuse of resources. Shanghai's good performance may be studied by other regions in the near future," said Wang Yuzhen, a trash sorting volunteer at a residential community in Changning district.
“Rosun garbage disposal was delivered on schedule and very easy to install. It functions perfectly and is as quiet as advertised. Excellent quality for the price”, Xiao, one of Rosun customer said.