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Sanya’s leading tourisms districts introduce zero-waste development model — media

China News Service reports that local authorities aim to improve the quality of tourism in Hainan, and ensure the cleanliness of the beaches and the surrounding waters of the South China Sea

HAIKOU /China/, May 28. /TASS/. Popular tourist areas in China and abroad in the resort city of Sanya on the southern coast of Hainan Island are expanding the scope of an environmental development program aimed at preventing pollution and efficient recycling. China News Service reported that the key objective is to introduce a new comprehensive model of "harmonious coexistence between humans and the environment."

According to the article, by doing so, local authorities aim to improve the quality of recreation and ensure that the beaches and the surrounding water area of the South China Sea are as clean as possible. Among the sites actively involved in environmental improvement activities are the Haitang Bay tourist area, the scuba diving base on Wuzhizhou Island, and the Luhuitou (Deer Turning Head) Rainforest Park.

The decrease in the level of environmental friendliness of recreational areas is noted to be mainly due to the garbage left behind by tourists, as well as food and other waste that appears during the activities of restaurant and hotel businesses. The problem becomes especially tangible during the hot season when Hainan is visited by crowds of tourists.

In order to ensure that human activity does not have a negative impact on nature, Sanya is constantly improving the system of garbage collection, recycling and disposal. At the same time, it is working actively with commercial service organizations, which are required to sort waste on a regular basis.

Earlier, the Sanya administration commented that the authorities set the direction for green development and create all the necessary conditions for it, and relevant agencies, through cooperation with companies and local residents, put the approved measures into practice. Through constant coordination and the involvement of various sectors of society, the city is shaping a modern model for pollution prevention, prompt waste collection and recycling.

In 2019, Sanya was listed as one of China's 11 "zero-waste" cities, becoming Hainan's first city with such an honorary status. In early 2022, local authorities published a green development program, according to which, by 2025, this part of the island should have a comprehensive trash control system, guaranteeing its effective destruction and recycling. The project is considered cutting-edge not only for the PRC, but also internationally.