China’s urban residential communities have stepped up trash classification efforts as a new trend for green, low-carbon living takes shape in the country.

Among the country’s urban residential communities at the prefectural level and above, 92.6% have implemented waste treatment, according to the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. Some 46 key cities have taken the lead in establishing relatively complete systems for waste classification, collection, transportation and treatment, the ministry said at a national working conference on waste sorting.

Currently, 21 provincial regions and 173 cities in China have introduced local rules and regulations on garbage sorting, said Ni Hong, minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

In the next step, more efforts should be made to explore simple and easy classification standards for different regions and continuously expand the coverage of the garbage sorting mechanism, Ni added.

The work conference also emphasized improving construction waste treatment, calling for efforts to resolutely curb illegal dumping and create disposal points for residential decoration waste.


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