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Shanghai steps up its recycling game

Shanghai recently came under the spotlight as the city’s first domestic waste management regulation came into effect on July 1st 2019. The rules mandate a new garbage classification system, while failure to observe the proper separation could result in a fine that goes up to 200 yuan ($29) for individuals, and up to 50,000 yuan ($7,253) for businesses. Furthermore, trash operators are allowed to refuse the improperly sorted bins.



Yokohama’s Municipal Government says “Mottainai—What a waste!”

“In Japan, there is so much packaging. Everything is wrapped three, four, five times. . . . If you could stop all the packaging, there wouldn’t be so much garbage to sort” said a Yokohama resident to the Japan Times in 2005.











Foshan and Changchun exchange ideas on circular development and waste management with British cities

ICLEI’s Green Circular Cities Coalition (GCCC) facilitated the Chinese cities of Foshan and Changchun to join the London Circular Economy Week on 10-14 June 2019. Delegates from the two Chinese cities had dialogues with the Recycling Association and stakeholders, participated in networking activities with British local governments, and made site visits to the London Renew Centre.


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