FIG Peer Review Journal


Protecting the Environment through Waste Minimization (5519)

K Chan (Hong Kong SAR, China)
Superfine Management Group
72493, B/F, 405 Nathan Road, Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR, China
Corresponding author K CHAN (email: chankkh[at], tel.: 78912991)

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Published on the web 2012-03-08
Received 2011-11-01 / Accepted 2012-02-02
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2012 in Rome, Italy and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2012
ISBN 97887-90907-98-3 ISSN 2307-4086


Land shortage for waste disposal has long been a problem in urban cities, especially as that for Hong Kong. The landfill space has projected an alarm locally due to the escalating amount of municipal waste, putting a pressure over the limited land supply and severe impacts towards the environment. According to local government, the remaining land suitable for landfill for dumping waste as derelict land is becoming less and less. Thus waste minimization is the way forward. In this study, the probable ways to resolve the waste/landfill problems and its implications upon degrading environment will be explored. Possible control at sources and reducing wastage, from individual, society, and government perspectives will also be examined. Recovery via recyclable materials and waste minimization methodologies will be revisited, through quantitative approach by questionnaires sent to major parties; to revitalize better strategy and practical means to conserve the limiting land supply whilst protecting the environment and public health at large.
Keywords: Land management; Land distribution; Access to land; Landfill impacts; solid waste; environmental protection; reducing waste; minimizing waste processes