Characteristics and management of municipal solid waste in China

Jian Zuo, Toru Matsumoto, Hirofumi Nakayama, Hidefumi Imura

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This paper aimed to charaterize municipal solid waste (MSW) and examine problems existing in MSW management systems in China. MSW characteristics including generation rates, composition and heating values were respectively analyzed at three levels of provinces and major cities. Determining factors of MSW generation were made by multiple regression analysis and models of MSW collection rates were developed for the nation, a major city and for Shanghai. In addition, a concept model of MSW characteristic change was developed for major cities based on a cluster analysis. Existing MSW management systems need to improve their resource waste recovery systems, to anticipate strategies for waste electric appliance disposal, and to resolve the difficulties in collecting waste collection charges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-98
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Global Environment Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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