In this July 22, 2019, photo, a cleaner pushes a cart along a street in Shanghai. (AP Photo/Chen Si)
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China's biggest city has dived headfirst into a trash sorting program that marks the country's first attempt at cutting the amount of garbage headed for landfills. But despite a sweeping education campaign by the ruling Communist Party and the threat of fines, Shanghai residents still have a ways to go in changing their lifestyles and getting with the program -- one properly disposed chicken bone at a time.Months ahead of the campaign's launch in July, the government began its push to explain to Shanghai's young and old how garbage will need to be sorted into four categories: wet, dry, recyclable and hazardous.About 9 million tons of household trash to be exact, according to 2017 data from Shanghai's Statistics Bureau.On a recent day in Shanghai, 67-year-old Zhang Guihua stood in front of an apartment complex's trash disposal area with bins for the four new trash categories.In a neighborhood in Shanghai's Pudong New Area, workers from the apartment complex's management office must go through the trash every day to rearrange the items that residents did not care to sort.
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