China's recycling startups seek cost-effective ways to make waste management profitable

The high costs of smart garbage bins and automation to sort out recycling have created new headaches for homes and offices 

In just a month, over 1,000 waste management companies were created in China after the Shanghai Household Waste Management regulation took effect on July 1. The new edict for the compulsory sorting of domestic waste caused an outcry on social media during the summer, as households grappled with complex recycling rules to ensure that their garbage are dumped correctly into designated bins.

In response to the need for waste disposal assistance, many startups entered the market to offer garbage sorting, collection and recycling services. The challenge was to find solutions that can cover the high running costs of waste management. Several of the more traditional waste management companies have actually folded up since the legislative move to the recycling of more household goods, 

On the other hand, the new generation of waste disposal and recycling startups have come up with the latest cutting-edge technology to automate and reduce the cost of labor-intensive logistics and sorting processes. 

Alpheus, for example, has just launched a range

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