Jinhua Centralized Treatment for Kitchen Waste
On January 2, a reporter visited some schools and shopping malls in Jinhua where tons of kitchen waste is produced daily and followed the waste-collecting trucks to track the collection of kitchen waste. It was found that all the collected kitchen waste was transported to the Jinhua Kitchen Waste Disposal Center at Jinhua Gelaibo New Energy Environmental Protection Technology Co., Ltd. (hereinafter Gelaibo Company) for centralized treatment.
Taking into consideration locations and the scale of business of restaurants in the urban area, Gelaibo Company purchased 23 collection vehicles of four types and adopted a flexible collection mode, namely, “Door-to-Door Collection + Accumulated Collection + On-Call Collection.” For catering enterprises that occupy a business area of more than 150 m2 and have more than 75 seats, as well as for canteens of hospitals and schools, large-sized trucks are adopted for door-to-door collection. For small-scale restaurants, minivans or minicars are the main means of transport. In addition, on average, every three restaurants are equipped with a waste bin for accumulated collection. For restaurants that have a temporary surge in the amount of kitchen waste because of the catering of birthday banquets and wedding banquets, on-call collection is provided to ensure timely disposal. The company specifies three time periods every day—0800-1100, 1230-1630, and 1830-2130—for kitchen waste collection. During the non-designated time periods, restaurants are forbidden to place waste bins along the streets to avoid polluting the environment and spoiling the city's image.
To date, among all the 1,427 large-scale catering enterprises, and canteens of government agencies, enterprises, and government-sponsored institutions in the urban area, 100% of them have signed letters of liability and collection agreements; among more than 2,000 small-sized restaurants, nearly 97% of them have signed collection agreements.
He Jinquan, deputy general manager of Gelaibo Company, said that with a total investment of 100 million RMB, the Jinhua Kitchen Waste Re-Utilization and Bio-Safety Disposal Project was initiated in 2012 and it was completed and put into trial operation in July 2015. On June 27, 2016, the Jinhua Kitchen Waste Disposal Center (JKWDC) went into commercial operation. Covering an area of 26.6 mu (approx. 17,733.3 m2), the center now disposes more than 100 tons of kitchen waste every day.
In July 2018, during the Zhejiang Waste Sorting On-the-Spot Meeting held in Jinhua, leaders from National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) visited the JKWDC and spoke highly of it. At the same time, Jinhua passed the inspection of national pilot cities in kitchen waste re-utilization and bio-safety disposal. In addition, the waste disposal rate of the Jinhua Kitchen Waste Re-Utilization and Bio-Safety Disposal Project reached 93.1%, while its disposal cost was only 50% to 60% of the average cost in the other pilot cities. (By Zhang Haibin – Jinhua Daily, translated by Shen Yingying, edited by Mariam Ayad)