Shanghai New Recycling Rules: What You Need to Know

Starting from Monday July 1st, it is compulsory for individuals and companies in Shanghai to sort their household trash.
Shanghai is the third largest and most populous city in the world! With a population of more than 26 million residents, Shanghai is the most trash generating city, with more than nine million tons per year. According to official statistics only 10% of the waste is recycled.
This new law will surely have a great impact on the city’s sustainability score. However, what does it mean for Shanghai’s residents and companies daily life? Let’s find out!

How does the new recycling system work?

 Waste has been divided into four types:

  • Wet trash: also called household food waste ( and represented by the color brown)

  • Recyclable: consists in papers, plastic, glass, textiles, metals (they must be cleaned first before being thrown away) and the bin is blue.

  • Dry trash: also named residual waste. You can throw in used tissue, dirty plastic bags, etc. The designated bin is black

  • And finally, hazardous waste: it encompasses any waste posing threats to the public health or environment. The trash bin is red.

To help you sort out and recycle effectively your rubbish, you can refer to the following tables:

What if you don’t comply with the new rules?

Individuals breaking the new trash sorting rules are going to be charged with 200 yuan, while companies and organizations risk fines up to 50000 yuan.

Why did China implement these rules?

For a while, China used to import and accept other countries’ waste for processing. In January 2018, the country enacted a plastic import ban, initiating its transition. Now the country is trying to tackle its own trash. The Chinese government is concerned about the country’s pollution issue and has started to take action in order to prevent further damage. Keep in mind that, according to the World Bank, China was expected to produce approximately 533 million tons of waste by 2030.

Moreover, China is in the sixth year of a “war on pollution” designed not only to clean up its sky, soil or water, but it also consists in utilizing comprehensively its resources, including waste.
A green revolution has started in Shanghai and it is about to spread quickly to the rest of the country. By 2020, the Chinese government is planning on expanding the recycling rules across 46 Chinese cities.

How is the response to this change?

The new sorting rules have left many residents scratching their heads over which bin to throw their rubbish into, although the government hired instructors and conducted more than 13,000 training sessions around the city, the confusion remains.
The topic went viral on Chinese Social Medias. On one hand, many people expressed their sympathy towards this sustainable measure, on the other hand numerous others are still worried about making mistakes.
Many apps were launched to help the residents sorting their waste. They are available on Wechat, Alipay and Apple store.

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Companies seem to be struggling as well while sorting their waste. Hotels for example decided to ban disposable goods (like toothbrushes). Recently, many restaurants and food delivery companies banned plastic cutlery as well.

Times are changing in Shanghai towards a more sustainable city. However, as it is the case with any evolution, adapting requires efforts and might appear challenging. At ASI Movers , we believe in greener initiatives, yet understand the struggles such a sudden change can bring to our fellow expats, especially when one is still adapting to one’s new life in China!
Our aim remains to help you in your expatriation journey. Because it is hardly an easy task, and because relocating should be the least of your worries, we provide you with the most qualitative and comprehensive moving services from, to and within China!

ASI Movers in Vietnam!

Did you know that ASI Movers now has its own relocation team in Vietnam?

After France, ASI Movers sets its new teams in Vietnam, in our aim to continue expanding our qualitative services across the world. Our teams in both China and Vietnam collaborate and manage your move from packing to delivery at the destination in order to enable a smooth and stress-free relocation process for our customers.
Our operational teams are located in Ho Chi Minh city! Thanks to our 10-year experience, we will provide you the best service if you are planning to relocate from, to or within Vietnam! No matter the location, the quality of our services remains the same.

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How to Move to/from China With Your Pet?

You are soon to relocate from/to China and you already sorted out moving your furniture? Awesome! But how about your pet?
What are the Chinese regulations regarding the moving process? Which documents you need to provide?
ASI Movers compiled a guide to help you navigate China’s pet entry-exit requirements.

Is it in your pet’s best interest to relocate with you?

At ASI Movers, we know that your pet is a member of your family. You have a special bound with him/her, and leaving your best friend behind is something hard to consider.
Nevertheless, as for humans, traveling when old or sick is never advised...
As such if your pet is one of these situations, you might consider finding him/her a temporary or a brand new home. Yet, if your best friend is not in one of those conditions requiring extreme decisions. ASI Movers team assures you a stress-free, event free process.

What about the Chinese regulations?

Starting from May 1st, 2019, China applied some changes regarding pet relocation. Animals passing the test inspection and coming from these countries (New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Guam, Jamaica, Iceland, The United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Macao) will no longer be subject to quarantine.
However if your pet is not entering from the mentioned countries, you can still avoid quarantine, only and only if, the pet is microchipped, vaccinated for rabies twice, and has a rabies titer test done.
With that being said, if your pet does not respond to these criteria, it will be required to spend 30 days in quarantine, fees are around 300 RMB. Afterwards your pet will be released, if it is determined to be healthy and passed all the tests successfully.

ASI Movers will advise to notify Chinese customs of your pet’s arrival to China.

Relocating to China

Now that you have taken the decision to switch home for the entire family, let’s go more in depth into the process and requirements we will handle with you.

Your pet will transit by Air cargo.
We will take care of the customs clearance at his/her arrival in China and deliver her/him to your residence.

Please note that this solution may require a quarantine of 30 days as suggested above.

Documents you will need to provide:

  • Your passport copy

  • A copy of your air ticket

  • As stated before, your animal will be required to have a microchip and you must provide us with the related documents.

  • Rabies vaccination record (issued more than 30 days and less than a year before travel),the record must be issued by Shen Pu government vet.

  • Your pet’s health certificate, which must be issued 7 days before departure

  • Your animal’s blood test

Relocating from China

As for relocating to China, our ASI Movers team will help you to handle all the pet export process to avoid stress and facilitate your whole family transition – because pet is family right?

Documents you will need:

  • Your passport copy.

  • A copy of your air ticket.

  • As stated before, your animal will be required to have a microchip and you must provide us with the related documents.

  • Rabies vaccination record (issued more than 30 days and less than a year before travel)

  • Your pet’s health certificate, which must be issued 7 days before departure.

  • Your animal’s blood test.

Depending on the country you are heading to, you might have to provide additional documents, we will inform you about when you contact us.
From moving your home to helping you handle your pet relocation process, ASI Movers feels entitled to make the process the clearest, smoothest possible. We aim at your pet not even realizing how many kilometers he/she will range!

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How to Make Your Move Abroad the Smoothest Possible?

Today, we will look at all you have to think about and remember when you are planning to move. As there are many things to deal with, we designed a handful check-list to help you navigate through this key step more easily. Following this list is the best way to achieve a stress-free and smooth relocation process. Do not hesitate to print it and check it regularly to always have it on hand!

 

Ensuring a Smooth Move

What can facilitate your moving process? 

Check with your future employer or the rightful authorities the immigration policy and requirements of your host country. Prepare well in advance the papers and certificates that might be asked and make sure they will be valid when on the D-day. Passport, medical checkup and vaccination, criminal record, letter of acceptance from your future employer are the main documents that might be required. Some of those documents might be necessary to allow your personal goods to be imported.

It is time for a spring cleaning! Check with all the family members what will be kept and what will not. For clothing items you might not wear anymore, think about donating them to friends or charities. Nowadays, many charity programs gather a large array of items from clothes to toys, to the benefit of those who lack it.

Organizing your future interior and conceiving the rooms’ layout beforehand is a key. Arranging your interior’s layout will help you foreseeing which furniture will fit to your new place. Free interior planification tools are available nowadays to run simulation (e.g. IKEA, etc.), provided you already know the layout and measurement of your new home to do that.

If you have a pet, make sure you consult your vet to ensure your companion is healthy enough to travel and change environment, she/he has received all vaccinations needed (especially the rabbies) and has the host country’s required certificates. Some countries will also require for your little friend a microchip and a quarantine period.

Give notice to your landlord of your leaving, most of the time one month or more in advance. Remember to check your contract or the policy of your building. If you are living in a higher floor, sometimes heavy furniture shall not pass by the elevator. The moving company can arrange a forklift to process such a matter.

Once you have completed all the previous step, it is time to consult a moving company. Serious agents will visit your place to do the estimations, according to the volume you want to take with you. Check with the agent the fragile or unusual item that will require special care. The moving company will inform you about the regulations of your host country. Be aware that some items might be not allowed to move in your host country.

Inform the consulate your new home will depend on of your arrival. The staff will then deliver you a certificate enabling you to benefit from tax exemption on the goods imported during your moving process depending on the destination country. This document has to be presented to the customs by your moving company.

Preparing Your Life in a New Country

Preparing for your new life is as important as preparing for your move. New country, new habits, new languages, new people… If surprise is a part of the expatriation adventures, preparing upstream will make your integration easier and facilitate your life there.

Choosing your new address. Looking for a new home, if you are not on site and do not know well the country might seem difficult, but it is not impossible! First, you can target the area not so far from your work, or schools for your kids if you have some. Many websites give you highlights about the city, each suburbs vibe and also real estate average price. You can obtain some help from expats group and associations, with members already being established in the area you are targeting. They will have probably the better tips and contacts that will facilitate to find the best place for you. The other advantage to contact expats already on site is to make new friends upon your arrival.

From the same associations and contacts, you could get a list of the schools available Better not waiting the last minute to do so as some International schools have very limited available seat. To this purpose, you need to compile your children’s past achievements and record of their grades, you may ask the current school of your children to provide them to you. At the same time, you might notice them that you are leaving.

Be ready to discover new payment channels. Many of your interlocutors will not accept international transfers or other currencies. Get an appointment with your personal bank advisor to explain him your situation and see the option proposed by your bank. But you will probably need a new bank account there to benefit from some local services, so take time to review the different options available. Opening a local bank account remotely may not be possible in some countries, so that step need to be achieved when you are arriving there, but some online banking solutions nowadays exist and become more and more internationalized.

You will probably need a new insurance policy. Moreover, to be registered on the national social security system is mandatory in some countries, but some private regime exist. Your company might have some exclusivity with a broker that can offer solutions.

The Final Days

Your departure is now approaching! Here are our last recommendations for the last weeks before the D-Day:

Inform the business and services that you will move or even end-contract:

  • Gaz/electricity/water
  • Internet and phone providers
  • Post office: forward your mail at your new address or to a friend’s one
  • Bank & insurance, for your family, your new home and eventually your car
  • Social security
  • Tax registration
  • Newspapers/Magazines
  • Voter registration
  • Gym
  • International driver license

Inform also your friends and colleagues from your moving, give them your new address and contact information.

Check again with your moving company your relocation date, manage the last details and information’s you need to know about their process.

Gather your medical record, and eventually refill your prescriptions for the next months. Check if your medicines are allowed in your host country, gather some information about the equivalent that you will find there.

Compile in a file all digital copies of any important documents.

Empty your freezer and fridge, as to defrost them 2 days before the moving.

Empty your freezer and fridge, don't forget to defrost them the night before the move.

We hope that our ASI Movers to-do list will help you to not forget any important step on your moving process! According to your personal situation, this list can be augmented. These points are the basics to be used in every move abroad.

ASI Movers staff is at your disposal for any further information on your upcoming relocation, for you to be fully prepared and stress-free on the D-Day!

 

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