Briefing: JD launches services for enterprises seeking help with trash

By Emma Lee
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京东为企业市场垃圾分类提供定制化服务 – Sina Tech

What happened: JD Business, an arm of the retail giant which provides enterprise procurement services, is rolling out customized solutions for companies of all sizes in adapting to the trash-sorting program, newly mandatory in Shanghai as of July 1. The enterprise procurement channel offers trash-sorting supplies including garbage bins and bags, as well as custom services such as labels or tags to assist with trash sorting.

Why it’s important: The new trash-sorting rules present opportunities for Chinese tech companies. The waste management program has inspired services from connecting consumers with trash-sorting facilities to creating fun ways to spread garbage-sorting know-how. Households and companies across the municipality are scrambling to comply with the new policies, and businesses face higher recycling standards and stricter punishments. Individuals who flout garbage sorting rules can be fined up to RMB 200 (around $29), while businesses face fines of up to RMB 50,000 (around $7,200). First launched in Shanghai, the government is expanding the recycling system to 46 key cities before 2020.