More rest stations for sanitation workers

Shanghai has added another 400-plus rest stations that ensure sanitation workers access to water, a hot meal and a break from the summer heat.

Shanghai has added another 400-plus rest stations that ensure sanitation workers access to water, a hot meal and a break from the summer heat.

The total number of the rest places, known as "love relay stations," has reached more than 6,100 in Shanghai after chain stores and outlets of Family Mart, Dicos and City Shop have joined in the scheme.

These relay stations, identifiable by their red logo, have air-conditioning and provide free drinking water and recharge services. Most are equipped with a refrigerator and a microwave and some such as outlets of Family Mart are operating 24 hours.

The "love relay stations" include bus stations, gas stations, and outlets of banks and property agencies.

They exempt sanitation workers from rushing between their working areas and their own designated rest places.

Shanghai has over 53,000 sanitation workers and they need to clean more than 20,000 tons of domestic garbage daily in such a big metropolis in rain and snow, sun and wind.

They make great contributions to the city's environment, but many workers can only have a short respite street-side and taking a drink of hot water and a hot meal is impossible for them, Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau said.

Tong Li, a sanitation worker in Huangpu District, starts working at 5am every day.

She has 15 minutes of rest during work. It is impossible for her to return to her team rest station on Weihai Road if she is cleaning on Chengdu Rd N. because it takes more than 10 minutes to walk to the station in a single trip.

"In the past, I sat for a while on the ground under shade to have a short respite and carried several glass bottles to work because there was no place to get water when I work," said Tong.

"These 'love relay stations' solve our difficulties, and I can get some hot water, heat up meal and enjoy a while of air-conditioning here," she said.

"In addition, staff workers at hospitals, banks and shops are also very friendly to us when we want to rest there, which make me feel warm," said Tong.

These rest stations also provide a shelter for workers from the cold in winter.

In 2013, the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau initiated a campaign calling on companies and public facilities to provide space for taking a break and supplying free water for sanitation workers.



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