Shanghai Leads in Waste Reduction Tongji University Implements Garbage Segregation Policy
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Shanghai is leading other provinces in China on curtailing unwarranted waste generating activities of the affluent. With its new policies on waste management that came into effect on July 1st, 2019 a new era of social environmental awareness is swiping Shanghai and its citizens are open to change.

Gu Jianbin, market regulation department director at the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism, which was responsible for drafting the rules, said, "Contrary to the country's regulation on hotel ratings, which specifically lists what a hotel should offer in order to qualify for five stars, this is the first time a regulation has been drawn up to state what a hotel should not provide, to protect the environment."

China passed its first regulation on the qualifications and classifications needed for hotel ratings in 1988 after opening up to the world and receiving an increasing number of overseas tourists. The regulation has been updated and adjusted several times, the most recent being in 2011.

"The new rule is also about getting Shanghai, if not the country as a whole, connected and up to speed with the international situation, in which climate change and ecological civilization are hot issues," Gu said.

Jin Yiying, a professor at Tsinghua University's Environment School in Beijing, said the regulation might have an impact beyond the number of guests staying at Shanghai hotels every year. Jin added that "The new waste management regulation in Shanghai has sparked heated discussions about how the city could become a better place by segregating the 9 million tons of trash produced every year. This part of the regulation makes a contribution to the environment by reducing the amount of waste produced in the first place."

Speaking about Shanghai's new regulation on waste management and provision of hotel amenities, Janice Lao, environmental scientist and development economist who graduated from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and the current Director of Group Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, the parent company of luxury brand Peninsula, said: "Shanghai is so advanced. It's as if it has left other cosmopolitan cities behind. It also says a lot about China's ambition."

"China will definitely lead the world on many environmental issues ... and it is still a major supplier to the world economy. So you can imagine its power to move markets and change behavior when the country decides to go green."

Adapted from “Luxury hotels halt provision of six items for the bathroom” By Xu Junqian in Shanghai | China Daily | Updated: 2019-07-02 13:12

Tongji University ranks A+ in the discipline of Environment according to the recent evaluation by the Chinese Ministry of Education as well as A+ in Urban Planning.  In accordance with the goals of the Shanghai Municipality in waste management and segregation, Tongji University has revamped its garbage collection methods and converted its garbage collection locations into sorting bins which will allow garbage disposers to segregate trash upon disposal. 

New waste collection system installed in Tongji University

New bins can be seen around the campus grounds particularly in high waste collection areas such as near the post office as well as on each floor of the dormitories which are clearly labelled to show which types of refuse should be collected in each bin. 

Kitchen waste segregation bins installed on every floor on Tongji University dormitories

Tongji University is a model institution in solid and water waste treatment and disposal and continues to act as a working example to other institutions around the world.

New waste collection system installed in Tongji University 1

Student using new waste collection system installed in Tongji University

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