Huzhou leads nation in garbage sorting
Huzhou was recently ranked first among 293 prefecture-level cities in China in a national assessment for household garbage sorting in 2021.
The evaluation was conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development for the first time.
Huzhou saw a 3.05 percent year-on-year decrease in household waste this year to date. This is the third year in a row that it has reported a decline.
The city's capability in garbage treatment has improved significantly.
This year, the city extracted 4,895 metric tons of oil grease from rubbish and generated 521 million kilowatts of electricity, in turn reducing carbon emissions by 460,000 tons.
The daily amount of recycled garbage in Huzhou has surpassed 600 tons, with a recycling rate standing at 61.6 percent.
The city has spent nearly 2 billion yuan to build garbage treatment facilities.
Huzhou has built four garbage incineration plants, four kitchen waste disposal sites and one solid waste complex disposal site. These sites have a combined daily processing capacity of 7,500 tons of garbage.
The city has also set up a unified garbage sorting management platform that is capable of monitoring all stages of the garbage disposal process, including garbage classification, collection, and transportation.
The platform has collected data from monitoring facilities installed in 1,253 residential communities, 40,000 enterprises or institutions, over 10,000 restaurants, and 11 centralized garbage disposal facilities.
In addition, the local government has come up with a slew of innovative measures to promote garbage sorting, including the establishment of a garbage sorting management research institute and the service hotline-2201212.