Carrefour, New Century units fined for waste-sorting woes

Ten work units, including those of supermarket Carrefour and hotel chain New Century, have been fined for violations of new local household waste-sorting management regulations.
Carrefour, New Century units fined for waste-sorting woes
Ti Gong

An urban management and law enforcement official in Qingpu District inspects sorted-out waste. 

Ten work units, including those of supermarket Carrefour and hotel chain New Century, have been fined for violations of Shanghai's new household waste-sorting management regulations, urban management and law enforcement authorities in suburban Qingpu District announced on Sunday.

The Xujing outlet of Carrefour was fined 30,000 yuan (US$4,361) on July 11 for failure to drop household waste into correct bins, while the Qingpu branch of New Century Hotels and Resorts was fined 10,000 yuan for the same problem on July 7, according to the Qingpu District Urban Management and Law Enforcement Bureau.

An NGS supermarket in Qingpu was fined 30,000 yuan on July 10 for failure to sort garbage despite a warning by district urban management and law enforcement authorities.

Shanghai Hongmai Automobile Sales Service Co Ltd, a 4S store of Shanghai Volkswagen in the district, was fined 10,000 yuan as well on July 11 for the same problem.

The fines were slapped between July 1 and 12, according to the bureau, which insisted that imposing fines was not the aim, rather it is to educate people and enterprises on how to sort waste and regulate the sorting process.

As of July 12, more than 1,900 urban management and law enforcement officials had made 295 inspections across the district over garbage sorting.

A total of 398 warning notices had been issued, and fines of 120,300 yuan imposed in 52 cases.

The inspections covered residential complexes, wet markets, shopping malls, hospitals, hotels, companies, schools, government authorities and street businesses, according to the bureau.

Inspections also covered collection and treatment companies, it added.

Enterprises can be fined up to 5,000 yuan if they fail to have correct trash bins in place and refuse to rectify the problems, and up to 50,000 yuan if they fail to sort waste and refuse to fix the problem under the regulations.

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