There’s a lot of trash produced in Shanghai during Chinese New Years—12,000 tons daily. One report we just read introduces some of the people responsible for cleaning up after the mess are the city’s sanitation workers. Many of them are from other provinces, such as Anhui, and a number of the ones introduced in the above link/article are married—couples that not only work the same job but often side by side. The article says that on the 19th, 21 husband-wife sanitation worker couples got to work on the area around the Shanghai train station. They started their day at 5 in the morning and didn’t get off until 11pm that day. Yet, as you might expect from such reports, no one griped about it—no proletarian angst here—just hard working people thankful for a chance to realize the Shanghai dream.
Statistics show that there was more garbage this year than last.
Photo from scribeoflight’s Flickr page.