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Garbage Facilities Must for New Homes
New residential projects in Shanghai will now have to be equipped with biological garbage treatment facilities, with each residential building having its own recycling garbage bins, if developers want the relevant certificates from the local housing bureau.

These requirements are part of a new regulation jointly unveiled by the Shanghai Public Sanitation Bureau and the Shanghai Municipal Housing Development Bureau yesterday, through which "the city's household garbage could be reduced by 50 percent."

According to the rule, a compression collection station - costing between 100,000 yuan (US$12,048) and 200,000 yuan - should be set up at a new community with more than 3,500 families.

Residents are urged to separate trash into organic, inorganic and harmful garbage and discard them in different bins at their buildings. Then, property management staff can turn the kitchen garbage into fertilizer in the biological facilities, while sanitation workers deal with the other waste: recycling, burying in landfills or incinerating for power.

"The rule sets out good guidelines for future garbage treatment, which will help us cut the amount at source," said Shen Zhengchao, sanitation bureau vice director.

(eastday.com June 19, 2002)

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