Shanghai has taken the initiative to introduce strict trash sorting and recycling rules. Photo: AFP

China’s war on trash goes hi-tech with AI-driven apps for sorting and facial recognition to enforce recycling

  • Alipay’s mini program has indexed more than 4,000 different types of waste and has assisted more than three million people since its beta test phase
Topic |   Artificial intelligence

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Shanghai has taken the initiative to introduce strict trash sorting and recycling rules. Photo: AFP
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The new waste-sorting rules took effect in Shanghai on July 1. Photo: Alice Yan

Stumped by the new recycling rules in Shanghai? There’s hundreds of apps for that

  • Applications and services have sprung up as residents try to work out which bin to throw their rubbish into to avoid fines
  • They can be used to find out, for example, if cabbage leaves are classified as wet or dry waste
Topic |   China Society

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The new waste-sorting rules took effect in Shanghai on July 1. Photo: Alice Yan
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