Waste-sorting not catching on in Beijing

Separate bins at the Yilianxuan housing estate for kitchen waste, recycleables and non-recycleables.
Separate bins at the Yilianxuan housing estate for kitchen waste, recycleables and non-recycleables.ST PHOTO: DANSON CHEONG

The unsuccessful pilot involving residents shows Beijing's challenges in tackling the trash problem.

At home, Madam Ma Huanjun separates her family's trash into two different plastic bags - a green one for food and kitchen waste, and a black bag for everything else.

Her son had bought the trash bags and told her to keep the waste separate, dumping them into designated bins at the foot of their block in the Yilianxuan housing estate as part of a Beijing city pilot project to get residents to sort their waste.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 09, 2018, with the headline 'Waste-sorting not catching on in Beijing'. Print Edition | Subscribe