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  In order to deal with the household waste problem, the Guangzhou government established a policy to promote waste recycling in April 2011and has put forth a series of targets for waste reduction in the city. Their goal is that in 2015, production of household waste should be 10 percent less than in 2010. 

  We believe the success of waste recycling requires the united efforts and action of a whole society. Aside from effective policies, it also requires participation of local communities. To achieve these goals, Eco-Canton developed action strategies of waste management research, community mobilization and advocacy.

 

Waste Management Research

  We use various strategies to achieve our goals, including investigation, community and stakeholder interviews, and opinion survey. Through various survey and study, we hope to advocate for the successful implementation of Guangzhou’s waste recycling policy. We hope to support these new policies, and to work towards sustainable development and a new type of urbanization.

  Last year, we accomplished “Guangzhou Waste Recycling Pilot Communities Survey”, and published and released a report to the public, which received coverage in mainstream media in Guangzhou. This year we are focusing on the treatment of kitchen waste and planned changes to the structure of household waste fees. 

 

Communitiy Mobilization 

  We have worked to advocate recycling in three different types of communities, in order to gain experience on how to mobilize people to recycle in different contexts. The first community is the Sun Yat-Sen University Technology Park. The second community is an upscale neighborhood housing complex of Qifu New Village. We are trying to explore how a community can realize waste recycling through volunteers from within the community. The third community is Fangcun Garden. We are trying to coordinate and work with lower-level government and property managements to encourage residents to recycle.

 

Policy Advocacy

  Based on findings from our waste management research and experience from our community work, we provided suggestions on waste policy through delivering advisory reports and providing comments in the consultation process.

  Since the Panyu incinerator protest, we began our policy advocacy work. In March 2010, we delivered several advisory reports and public letters to members of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Eventually 20 members of the CPPCC jointly deliver a Proposal to Promote Waste recycling nationwide;  We have also provided comments and suggestions on other relevant regulations and planning documents in the consultation process. In the revision of “Guangzhou Waste Recycling Regulations”, most of our suggestions were adopted.

  We have also delivered “Guangzhou Waste Recycling Pilot Communities Report” to the mayor, deputy secretary-general and City Management Department. Some of the suggestions in the report were adopted.

      

 

Public Advocacy

  l We have hosted six environment protection public forums, over 180 people attended these events.

  l We have hosted and coordinated 15 activities with other NGOs, with more than 1000 participants on recycling education.

  l Before Mid-Autumn Day in 2013, we launched an activity named “Only Mooncakes, not Knives and Forks”  to advocate for responsible packaging. We received a total of 307 votes( including 34 organizations) in favor of the proposal. The proposal was sent to 18 mooncake companies in Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

  l We accepted three installments of new furniture, kitchen & bath equipment from three companies, and allocated these objects to grassroot NGOs and people in needs without charge, for the idea of saving things.

 

Co-operation with other organizations

  l In December 2011, we launched the China Zero Waste Alliance (CZWA) with other organizations and individuals who care about waste, and became a member of the Secretariat of CZWA.

  l In February 2013, we worked with the first session of the Guangzhou Environmental Alliance to host a “Spring Tea Party”, with 48 environmentally concerned individuals from more than 30 organizations.  

  l Served as expert advisor to Greenovation Hub, another local NGO, on the section of the Treatments of Solid Waste in Cities of the 2013 Eco-livability Index report of Guangdong.

 

International Exchanges

  l In December 2012, we participated in the Deutsch-Chinese Workshop: The Rio+20 Summit on Climate Change and Sustainable Waste Treatment, held by Xiamen University and the German Consulate General in Guangzhou.

  l In December 2013, invited by the Government of Germany, we went to Germany to participate in The Effect of Citizen Organizations in the Field of Environment and Climate Protection Seminar.

  l In June 2013, we went to India and Bangladesh and studied the situation of waste management. We communicated with local officials of the Philippines about the experience of zero waste.

  l In June 2013, we went to Taiwan to study their model of waste management.

  l In September 2013, we participated in the Chinese-Japan Workshop: Waste recycling and Technologies of Food Waste Treatments.

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