A review of refuse collection systems in high-rise housings in Hong Kong

Hon Wan Edwin Chan, Grace K L Lee

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to review the current refuse collection systems available in major conurbations such as Hong Kong and to explore better solutions to alleviate the negative impacts of local domestic waste treatment. Design/methodology/approach - This paper first reviews and evaluates current refuse collection methods in Hong Kong. Second, the social acceptability and financial viability of these alternative systems are investigated by means of a questionnaire survey. After analyzing the data, guiding solutions for local domestic waste treatment are developed. Findings - The literature has shown the characteristics, the strength and the weakness of refuse collection systems commonly found in major conurbations. The questionnaire survey indicated that Hong Kong citizens supported or preferred an automated refuse collection system that could treat the refuse in a more hygienic way. Though the occupants were willing to make some financial contributions, they were unwilling to pay the amount money required to support the operation of the system. Research limitations/implication - The study has not yet confirmed statistically the relationship between residents' health and refuse collection methods. Therefore, further researches should be carried out in future with more extensive data collection to pinpoint health hazard induced by refuse collection process. Originality/value - This paper provides information about major refuse collection systems available in the territory, shows the perceptions and different preferences of the residents on those systems taking account of the costs they could bear. It proves the value reference for good building management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-390
Number of pages15
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2006


  • Automation
  • Hong Kong
  • Recycling
  • Refuse
  • Waste management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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