Shenzhen’s system for collecting garbage is being standardized with new regulations issued Sunday for organizations that dispose of garbage. The new regulations, which won’t affect individuals, come into force Aug. 1.
The measures clarify duties of different government departments involved in the administration of garbage classification. The regulations also lay out specific standards for garbage collection, waste transportation and garbage sorting.
An earlier form of the new regulation set fines for individuals at 200 yuan (US$32.22) for not classifying their garbage. The fine was later replaced with “education and encouragement” about garbage collection for individuals, according to the Chinese-language reports.
It’s not clear what education and encouragement would mean.
Property management offices will face penalties if garbage disposed in their housing estates is not sorted property.
Before the measures were passed, the office collected opinions from the public.
The new punishments differ based on how serious the violation is.
Garbage classification already began in some areas last year.