- Municipal Solid Waste,
- waste recovery,
- waste reduction,
- Hong Kong,
- sustainable waste management,
- environmental costs
A research study lasting three years on the municipal solid waste management system of Hong Kong has been completed. This paper is a summary of the major findings of the research. It is concluded that Hong Kong should change from the existing landfill oriented approach to a more diversified strategy including recycling, waste reduction and converting waste to energy. The formulation of the integrated waste management targets in the short and the medium terms is briefly introduced. The proposed integrated waste management targets should be attained by a combination of measures, inter alia, waste disposal charging, subsidies or credits to environmental protection contributors (such as recyclers), extensive environmental education and an accredited information system to promote waste reduction and avoidance.
Copyright © 1996 Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
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