Women Play Key Role in Garbage Classification in SW China

December 30, 2017
Editor: Yulanda Wang
Women Play Key Role in Garbage Classification in SW China


Households in many provinces across China nowadays attach great importance to promoting garbage classification, and the so-called "green revolution" is changing the way people live.

Three regions in eastern China, namely Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai, have taken a lead in this aspect, with women playing a unique role, according to China Women's News.

Zhan Yihui, a volunteer in Heleyuan Community, started her work in 2011. She has been witnessing the development of residential garbage classification for many years.

The community has now established a mechanism of self-management, self-service and self-supervision among residents and also set up a recycling station for old clothes and other goods.

Shanghai has set up Green Accounts for household garbage classification. By the end of October, 4 million families in Shanghai had joined the scheme.

A spokesperson at an environmental technology company in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, told reporters that 70 percent of their company's employees are women and their productions of garbage classification are popular among women.

In addition, the local government has developed a mechanism of "government leading, enterprise participation and social coordination" in recycling.

In Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, 98 percent of administrative villages have benefited from garbage classification, with women's federations at all levels playing their part. Officials have developed a series of promotional activities, visiting households door to door, providing training and guidance to rural women.

"Women make a crucial contribution to promoting garbage classification. They effectively teach garbage classification methods among more families," said Jin Yiying, associate professor from School of Environment, Tsinghua University.


(Source: paper.cnwomen.com.cn / Translated and edited by Women of China)

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