Measuring bulky waste arisings in Hong Kong

Shan-shan Chung*, Ka-yan Winifred Lau, Chan Zhang

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All too often, waste authorities either assume that they know enough about their bulky waste stream or that it is too insignificant to deserve attention. In this paper, we use Hong Kong as an example to illustrate that official bulky waste figures can actually be very different from the reality and therefore important waste management decisions made based on such statistics may be wrong too. This study is also the first attempt in Hong Kong to outline the composition of bulky waste.

It was found that about 342. tonnes/day of wood waste were omitted by official statistics owing to incomplete records on actual bulky waste flow. This is more than enough to provide all the feedstock needed for one regular-sized wood waste recycling facility in Hong Kong. In addition, the proportion of bulky waste in the municipal solid waste (MSW) streams in Hong Kong should be about 6.1% instead of the officially stated 1.43%. Admittedly, there are limitations with this study. Yet, present findings are suggestive of significant MSW data distortion in Hong Kong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)737-743
Number of pages7
JournalWaste Management
Issue number5
Early online date25 Jan 2010
Publication statusPublished - May 2010

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Waste Management and Disposal


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