The Shanghai authority found 20 illegal garbage sorting cases on the first day of enforcing its strictest regulations ever on garbage sorting, Global Times reports.
On Monday, the Shanghai Urban Management and Law Enforcement Bureau sent 3,600 officers to inspect 4,216 places in the city, including residential communities, office buildings and shops.
The bureau discovered 17 cases of failing to drop household waste based on the regulations and three others for failing to set correct trash cans.
People who fail to sort their trash are liable for a fine of up to 200 yuan (US$291), while firms and organizations can be fined up to 50,000 yuan, according to the newly implemented regulation.
“A fine is never the purpose, but rather to educate, publicize and guide the public to classify garbage correctly,” He Yujun, an urban corps senior staff member told the Shanghai Observer.
The first ticket was issued to five-star hotel Swissotel Grand Shanghai in Jing’an district for a lack of recognizable signs on its bins and incorrect sorting.
A ticket results in a financial penalty and requires offenders to rectify the matter within three days. The new regulation can also be linked to punishments for dishonesty and personal credit could be affected if an individual refuses to fulfill correct garbage sorting.