Residents who do not practice garbage sorting will be punished from October. A transitional period will be given in September for the residents to adapt to the new rules of waste classification, the city’s urban management bureau said recently.
Shenzhen Municipal Urban Management and Law Enforcement Bureau released a special directive to regulate mandatory garbage sorting starting September.
September will be a transitional period to warn residents who do not practicing garbage sorting, while punishment will not be issued until October.
Law enforcement will be divided into three stages. Officials will mainly educate residents who do not sort garbage as required in September during the first stage.
From October to November, punishment will be issued for those who resist garbage sorting regulations on a severe basis.
After December, supervision on garbage sorting will be normalized as irregular inspections will be given.
According to the city’s waste classification regulations that will be implemented Sept. 1, citizens who refuse to discard garbage according to rules will be fined 50 yuan (US$7) and companies and institutions that refuse to do so will be fined 50,000 yuan.
The fine can be raised to 200 yuan for residents and up to 500,000 yuan for companies and institutions for serious breaches of the rules.
Those who accept the above punishment or who voluntarily attend waste classification practices and trainings organized by the authorities will be exempted from administrative punishments, according to the regulations.
They can choose on-site garbage sorting supervision at residential communities from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day.
Residents can book the service activity through the WeChat miniprogram “深分类.”