Hangzhou legislators said a local law on garbage management will go into effect later this year. Hotels will no longer be required to provide toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, slippers, comb and bath foam under the new law to avoid waste and save the environment.
The law will make garbage sorting compulsory. Urban management officials can fine individuals 50 yuan (US$8) to 200 yuan and companies 5,000 yuan to 50,000 yuan for refusing to sort their trash.
Hangzhou aims to control the growth of domestic waste within 5 percent this year, realize zero growth next year, and cut the output of domestic waste by 5 percent in 2017.
The city’s Tianziling Incineration Plant is now handling 4,700 tons of household waste per day, 1.5 times its original capacity. Hangzhou is considering building a waste recycling and compressing facility.
Source: Hangzhou International Center