Municipal refuse compositions and management policy in China's mainland and Hong Kong

Y. Qin, X. G. Chen, L. Y. Chan, Chi Sun Poon

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Abstract

Composition and the physical characteristics of the municipal refuse in three China's mainland cities (Beijing, Guangzhou and Foshan) and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region were obtained through literature search and site sampling and analysis. Significant differences were found in the characteristics of the municipal refuse generated in the four different cities. A much higher ash content was found in the refuse of Beijing where as Hong Kong's refuse contains high percentages of paper and plastic. The implication of the above findings on the management policy of the municipal refuse in China's mainland and Hong Kong is discussed in the light of the solid waste management experience of Hong Kong, municipal refuse treatment of south Chinese cities and the recently published `China's Agenda 21 - White paper on China's population, environment, and development in the 21st century'.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 13th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management. Part 1 (of 2) - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: 16 Nov 199719 Nov 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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