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Chinese cities tackle garbage crisis

Published on Sep 18, 2012 1:16 PM

Residents and companies have been testing a pilot project to reduce the amount of garbage produced in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, as the city tries to tackle its garbage crisis.

The new system requires local residents to pay extra if they dump more garbage, but to pay less for less rubbish, according to Mr Bao Lunjun, chief engineer of the Guangzhou administrative committee of urban management.

Mr Bao said that Guangzhou, which has a population of more than 16 million people, plans to be able to deal with more than 15,000 metric tonnes of garbage a day by 2015 to help solve its garbage problem. The city can now only process about 12,000 tonnes of garbage per day, which is not enough.

Residents will also be fined 50 yuan (S$9.60) if they don't sort their garbage before dumping it into designated waste receptacles in their housing estates, while companies will be fined 500 yuan for each cubic metre of garbage that they dump before sorting. No fines will be issued in the initial three months of the project, from September to November.

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