An Alipay mini-program helps Shanghai residents avoid fines with advice on recycling
Spotted: A new mini-program for Chinese fintech application Alipay helps users in Shanghai sort their rubbish. This follows Shanghai’s new, strict rules on waste-sorting, with high fines for those who do not use the correct bins.
Alipay users can log into the Garbage Sorting Guidelines mini-app, type of their queries or take a photo of the rubbish in question, and receive an answer. Early questions included, “Does a cosmetic mask count as wet waste?” and, “Is a newspaper used to clean up after your pet hazardous or recyclable waste?”
Another Alipay mini-program offers a garbage pick-up service that allows users to place orders to sell their waste paper, clothes, glass bottles, and plastics.
Both Alipay and WeChat now include the ability for developers to insert mini-programs into the payments ecosystem. These allow users to, for example, hail a ride in other countries, order in restaurants or rent bicycles within the app, rather than using a separate app. However, the mini-programs are increasingly branching out into more general areas.