Over 100 Shenzheners, including Vice Mayor （副市长） Lu Ruifeng and officials from the municipal （市立的） environmental protection bureau （局）, took part in an event aimed at promoting a “recycling economy” last Sunday.
“ Improving Our Life Level by Recycling Waste” was the theme of the event, held just one week ahead of World Environment Day on June 5.
More than 10,000 Shenzheners will be organized for the upcoming recycling events to be held in city communities, officials with the municipal environmental protection bureau said.
During last Sunday’s event, 100 volunteers coming from the public were divided into five groups and sent to different districts in the city after a brief ceremony at the Citizens’ Center.
Lu and Guo Yurong, director general of the environmental protection bureau, joined the “Green Family” group with 20 children and their parents and took part in events held at a vocational school. Lu and other government officials learned how to make handicrafts（手工艺品） from waste paper, with assistance from the school staff.
Lu said he found recycling a great deal of fun. “We used to believe wastes cause lots of trouble to our life and environment. However, we want to convince people through this activity that wastes could be usable after proper treatment,” Lu said, with a cap made of waste paper on his head.
In the other four groups, 80 volunteers went to different places. Housewives went to a nursery in Yantian and used garbage as fertilizer（肥料） while students went to a glass factory in Nanshan to learn how to turn glasses into fine handicrafts.
Volunteers can call 12369 for more information.