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200-metre street in Shenzhen has 150 trash cans ‘to promote civility’

Posted: 06/20/2013 10:00 am

A 200-metre street outside a factory in Shenzhen’s Bao’an District boasts 150 trash cans. The reason the trash cans were installed, according to a representative of the factory, was to promote civility and discourage littering, Liaoning Satellite Television reports.

Henggang Lower Street, courtesy of Yangcheng Evening News

Henggang Lower Street first came to the media’s attention when local residents complained to Yangcheng Evening News about the number of trash cans. No bench is more than a few feet away from a trash can, so it’s difficult to sit anywhere that doesn’t stink, residents told the paper.

However Mrs. Cheng from the Suntak company, the Shenzhen-based electronic products manufacturer which owns the nearby factory, insists that the environment has been improved in the area and uncivilised behaviour such as littering, has been reduced.

The company claims to have spent 2 million yuan installing the trash cans and benches.

Other types of uncivilised behaviour such as couples making out on the benches next to the stinky bins have also been reduced, presumably.

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