Cause analysis of low collection rate of Chinese waste paper

H. Feng, S. Tomonari

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Abstract

As waste paper is gradually becoming an important material in paper making with the calling for promoting a sustainable society, waste paper reuse comes to be an important issue nowadays. The collection rate is an index to measure the effectiveness of the domestic collection of waste paper resources used for recycling. Countries likes Germany, Korean, Japan, lead in this field. However, the Chinese collection rate is very low compared with these developed countries. This paper tries to figure out the real reasons behind such phenomenon by analyzing a case of Xishui County in Central China based on a series of field research and interviews. It is found that the recycling behaviours of households are driven by money, and the main reason for none-recycling is the inconvenience of the recycling service and facilities. Also it appears that age is significantly correlated with recycling frequency, and old people tend to more actively engage in paper recycling. Subsequently, related plans are proposed and finally evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Development and Planning VI
PublisherWITPress
Pages685-695
Number of pages11
Volume173
ISBN (Print)9781845647148
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1
Event6th International Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning, SDP 2013 - Kos, Greece
Duration: 2013 May 272013 May 29

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning, SDP 2013
CountryGreece
CityKos
Period13/5/2713/5/29

Keywords

  • Case study
  • Cause analysis
  • China
  • Collection rate
  • Paper recycling
  • Waste paper

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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    Feng, H., & Tomonari, S. (2013). Cause analysis of low collection rate of Chinese waste paper. In Sustainable Development and Planning VI (Vol. 173, pp. 685-695). WITPress. https://doi.org/10.2495/SDP130571