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[free topic] The new era of trash-sorting

by Yuqing Yang | 05-04-2020 23:03 recommendations 1 recommendations

Hi everyone, I am Lareina and I hope everyone is staying safely at home. Today, I will be sharing with you a recent policy introduced in China last year with regard to categorization and disposal of wastes.

Since China established its new policy on trash-sorting, it has been implemented in larger cities, such as Shenzhen and Shanghai. Authorities promote this policy through online advertisements, public commercials, and propaganda.

In fact, just a few months ago, this trash-sorting regulation was also introduced to our neighborhood to category rubbish into four categories. We have to divide the wastes and toss them at scheduled times, which can be hard to adjust at first. 

According to many online surveys and public reactions towards the policy, many residents appear to support the idea of recycling in general but are frustrated by the details.  Recyclables such as plastic must be separated from wet garbage, dry garbage and hazardous waste under the new rules in Shanghai. And companies and organisations which fail to meet the requirements could be fined 50,000-500,000 yuan (US$7,000-70,000), while individual offenders risked a fine of 50-200 yuan since July 1 2019 [2]. 

source: https://www.economist.com/china/2019/07/06/cheerleaders-and-police-usher-in-a-new-era-of-trash-sorting

Source: https://www.economist.com/china/2019/07/06/cheerleaders-and-police-usher-in-a-new-era-of-trash-sorting

To exchange these negative feelings of reluctance for support, the implications of assortment of these wastes should be understood. It reduces time and energy, increases recycling to protect the environment from exploitation of natural resources, reduces contamination and eutrophication, which may eliminate aqua-organisms.

Recently, I have read an article of another reason justifying the behavior of oceanic organisms: consuming plastics that floats on the surface. Rather than the similarity between plastics and jellyfish, these organisms, such as seabirds and sea turtles, are also attracted to the scent of plastics.  

Researchers at UC Davis, noticed that certain chemicals, notably dimethyl sulphide, that are released by micro-organism-colonised plastics, are those which many seabirds sniff to track down food. This chemicals indicates an abundance of the algae and bacteria, and the researchers also found that sea birds which pursue their food in this way are around six times more likely to eat plastic than those which do not [1]. Since sea turtles break the surface periodically and sniff the air when navigating towards their feeding areas, they are likely to be tricked into believing the plastic bottles and bags are edible.

This really broadens my horizon and with increasing awareness of the necessity of trash-sorting, I believe people can become more embracive and understanding.


  1. “Plastic Rubbish Smells Good to Turtles.” The Economist, The Economist Newspaper, 12 Mar. 2020, www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2020/03/12/plastic-rubbish-smells-good-to-turtles.
  2. Zuo, Mandy, and Alice Yan. “Shanghai Begins New Waste Sorting Era, as China Eyes Cleaner Image.” South China Morning Post, 16 July 2019, www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3016801/shanghai-begins-new-waste-sorting-era-china-eyes-cleaner-image.
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  • China E-gen Ambassador Yuqing Yang


Susmita Adhikari

  • Susmita Adhikari says :
    I hope you are doing well

    Thank you so much for this report
    Posted 23-04-2020 00:17

Prabha Bhusal

  • Prabha Bhusal says :
    Thanks for sharing such an informative reports

    Posted 19-04-2020 20:13

Malika  Rustamova

  • Malika Rustamova says :
    So useful post. I really hope that over time in all countries begin to sort and recycle trash. It's necessary for nature and our future.
    Posted 16-04-2020 19:55

Asmita Bhusal

  • Asmita Bhusal says :
    Greetings and thank you so much for this wonderful report.
    Posted 15-04-2020 14:49

Heemani Singh

  • Heemani Singh says :
    Hello Yuqing Yang,
    Thanks for such an informative report.
    Posted 15-04-2020 13:22

Sarah Poudel

  • Sarah Poudel says :
    Thanks for sharing the report about the new era of trash sorting.

    Green cheers!!
    Posted 14-04-2020 16:02

Sudha  Bhandari

  • Sudha Bhandari says :
    Hello Yuqing Yang,
    Plastics has really affected the aquatic animals.Trash sorting is a great initiative.Thank you so much for sharing your report.
    Keep on writing.
    Posted 12-04-2020 20:07

zohaib umer

  • zohaib umer says :
    Thanks for sharing such narrative
    Posted 10-04-2020 20:16

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Yuqing Yang

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about The new era of trash-sorting

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 10-04-2020 19:29

Aarati Khatri

  • Aarati Khatri says :
    Hello from Nepal, Since trash sorting is a global issues and different countries have their own methods of sorting out their trash according to the coutries economy and technologies available. So, it was very informative to know more about trash sorting of one of the leading country in the world.
    Green Cheers!
    Posted 08-04-2020 14:01

Pooja Gyawali

  • Pooja Gyawali says :
    Thank you for sharing this information about trash sorting.

    Posted 07-04-2020 19:08

Sang Su Mentor

  • Sang Su Mentor says :
    Hi Yuqing Yang, this is a mentor Sang Su Lee.

    I am very happy to hear that China is actively going to participate in trash sorting. Trash sorting is imperative because it will reduce the amount of trash released to the ocean and the ecosystem a lot! Recycling eventually will benefit the human race in the future.

    Thank you for your report!
    Posted 07-04-2020 16:36

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sandesh thapa

  • sandesh thapa says :
    Hello Yuqing Yang,

    thanks for the report on ocean waste and rules regarding waste management.

    Sandesh Thapa!!
    Posted 06-04-2020 23:46

Sonika Pariyar

  • Sonika Pariyar says :
    Greeting Yoqing!!
    Its great to know about Trash Sorting,its great initiation for waste management!!
    Thank you for detailed report!!


    Posted 06-04-2020 14:54

Taehyun Mentor

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Yuqing Yang, greeting from mentor Taehyun!

    Thank you for a report about the new policies with the trash separation in your country! I'm so glad that trash separation is now enforced with the law! Trash separation is the basic stage of recycling. Without this, the human being must create new products again and again, and that can make our environment harsher. So, it is good to separate trash!

    Thank you for the new policy notification!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 06-04-2020 00:42

Kajol Uprety

  • Kajol Uprety says :
    Hello Yuqing!!

    Thanks for the wonderful report.

    Posted 06-04-2020 00:33


  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Thanks for your detailed report, Keep on writing!
    Posted 06-04-2020 00:28

Bal krishna Pandey

  • Bal krishna Pandey says :
    Hello Yuqing Yang,
    thanks for your detailed report about the new era of trash sorting.
    stay safe

    Posted 06-04-2020 00:13

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