Local waste management constraints and waste administrators in China

Shan Shan CHUNG*, Carlos W.H. Lo

*Corresponding author for this work

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Local level waste authorities and their officials directly interact and serve the people on behalf of higher governments. Given the influential positions they have on the quality of life of the citizens, these local waste authorities deserve more attention from researchers. This study throws light on the factors related to local waste management and administrators that have caused waste management failures in three mainland Chinese cities. Based on a survey conducted in 2002-2003, it was found that waste administrators in these cities are not professionally competent in their jobs and they are also not confident in using economic instruments to address waste management issues in their cities. These local waste authorities are generally under-funded, and funding politics has to some extent eroded the incentives to carry out the instructions of higher waste authorities. The community at large also does not respect local waste management work. The residents frequently litter, are unobservant of waste collection times and are unwilling to pay for waste collection service. All of these are handicapping environmentally sound waste management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-281
Number of pages10
JournalWaste Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Waste Management and Disposal


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