Tianhe's Liede Community has put on trial a new method of sorting waste as of Aug 1, which requires the residents to use specified bags for disposing of kitchen waste, becoming one of the first government-designed modes for the waste sorting campaign in Guangzhou.
The community committee selected a residential block as the city's first area to try the mode. Each flat in the block is provided with specific biodegradable plastic bags, estimated to hold seven kilograms of waste, for free, to pack up the leftover food. According to the community's guidance, the residents should drain away the juice in the leftovers before packing up and should not mix with other waste, then throw in the specific bin for collection.
The committee said it would give each family 30 free bags, worth RMB 0.5 each, every month. Residents can get refund or gifts every month if they have unused bags in the end, while they need to pay if they want to buy more.
The light-green bags are labeled with the code of the household for the community committee to trace back and take record of those who fill the bags with other waste. The committee may also use surveillance cameras near the bins to help supervise. For the other waste, the residents should segregate it and pack with their own bags. As for the harmful waste like batteries and light bulbs, they should be put into the specific red bags provided by the committee free of charge and handed in to the property management.
Many residents support the sorting. Some of them suggest that the bags should be provided in various sizes to meet different needs and prevent wastage.
To relieve the pressure of insufficient landfill space, the government of Guangzhou launched a campaign of waste sorting on July 10, which requires several communities to test different modes of sorting before it is enforced in citywide.
(By Lynus Tan and Richard Glauert)