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Mayor calls for improvement in the city's waste sorting and harmless treatment

    Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong inspected the citys waste sorting works on Monday, and stressed the importance of cutting down the volume of waste at their source, sorting of the waste during the whole disposing process, harmless treatment and waste reuse.

    Ying visited Yanchang community, and learned about the sorting of dry and wet waste, the recycling of metal and paper, and the residents participation in the communitys environmental charity works. Ying also asked about the "green accounts" that were introduced to popularize the idea of garbage sorting, and the disposal treatment of garbage.

    At the Hongqiao Airport Economic Zone, Ying examined Zhongshan International Plaza, one of the pilot spots of mandatory waste sorting in the zone. In the office building there are waste bins for wet, dry, and recyclable garbage.

    At China Villa Community, the participation rate of the residents at the waste sorting is 95 percent and the volunteers showed Ying how to use points collected from sorting waste to exchange for gifts. Ying said the relevant governmental departments should improve the transport of waste.

    At a subsequent seminar, Ying listened to the briefings on household waste sorting from Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau, and Shanghai Municipal Investment (Group) Corporation.

    Ying said Shanghai needs to tackle the problem of waste treatment to become an excellent global city. It should resort to social mobilization to solve the problem at its source and to sort and reduce the volume of household waste. The waste sorting results should be included into the evaluation of model communities and organization, and the rewarding system such as the "green account" should be improved.

    Also, Shanghai should learn from other cities and provinces, build an effective waste sorting and transport system, and accelerate the construction of waste treatment installations, the mayor added.