China’s recycling revolution: Shanghai asks ‘What trash are you?’

While the world struggled to cope with the changes wrought by China’s National Sword policy, some 26 million people in Shanghai had a challenge of their own starting in July of 2019.

It was a new policy aimed at changing how Shanghai collects and deals with its waste, and brought in a new system of four bins which separated wet, dry, toxic and recyclable materials. The residents and netizens greeted this new system with many different reactions, memes and quips on social media, all boiling down to one basic question asked of all residents when they visit these four bins: what trash are you?

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