Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/14485
Title: Local waste management constraints and waste administrators in China
Authors: Chung, SS
Lo, CWH 
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Waste management, 2008, v. 28, no. 2, p. 272-281 How to cite?
Journal: Waste management 
Abstract: 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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/14485
ISSN: 0956-053X
DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2006.11.013
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