How can Shanghai formalise its army of rubbish collectors?

A recent study says that China’s struggle to deal with its growing waste problem could end up sidelining a key part of its waste management landscape – millions of informal waste collectors and recyclers.

As is the case in many developing countries, China’s informal waste collection economy is a highly efficient sector when it comes to sorting and recycling waste in cities.

But a recent Shanghai-focused report finds that the future of the informal economy is uncertain as the municipal government looks to tighten waste regulations and beef up infrastructure to deal with growing amounts of trash and fast-filling landfill sites.


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