Wuhan authorities uncovered an underground factory that washes used disposable chopsticks so they can be resold to small restaurants, Apple Daily reports.
Citizens in Wuhan spotted a group of people packaging disposable chopsticks roadside last Saturday. According to a witness, the disposable tableware was strewn about the floor. He began to question the source of the dinnerware as there wasn’t a factory in the neighborhood that produced the utensils.
A reporter arrived and talked with the workers who were organizing the chopsticks on the floor. One of them claimed that their cutlery could be sold at 1 RMB for 40 pairs, half the 2 RMB market price.
Soon after the reporter reported the case to the authorities, they discovered that after the workers had washed the used disposable chopsticks, they repacked the utensils and resold them to small eateries.
Plastic washing containers for dirty chopsticks were found inside a bathroom in the underground factory.
It is believed that someone had rented a flat as a storehouse of the underground factory. According to Shizishan Industrial and Commercial Institute, packaging without permits and proper labeling is against the law. The chopsticks have been confiscated by the relevant department and the warehouse has been ordered to suspend business.
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By Christy Mak