Shanghai leads battle against China's rising mountain of trash

China’s decision to stop importing foreign waste last year disrupted the way countries all over the world deal with their rubbish. Now the Chinese government is turning its attention to its own mountains of waste, starting in the city of Shanghai. A new law forcing residents and businesses to meticulously separate and recycle their rubbish has been put in place. It’s the first time in China that such a law has been implemented… but the rules aren’t so straight forward.

Filmed, edited and reported by Katrina Yu for SBS World News.

Broadcast July 14 2019