Over 100 tons of garbage was produced every day at the venues of the Beijing Olympic Games. This kept a team of garbage-sorting volunteers busy from Day One. Their job was to sort out the garbage from the eleven venues scattered in Haidian, Fengtai and Shijingshan districts, where 40-odd tons of garbage cropped up on a daily basis.
The garbage-sorting team was organized by the Haidian District Waste Recycling Company. The members differed in age and occupation. Some of them were business managers, undergraduates and graduates. But all of them went at the task as one, sorting out the garbage that added up to more than a dozen truckloads. As each truckload amounted to two tons, every team members handled an average daily workload of 1,000 kilograms.
Seventy percent of the garbage collected from the Olympic venues became renewable thanks to careful classification by the volunteers.