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Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2234; doi:10.3390/su9122234

Solid Waste Disposal in Chinese Cities: An Evaluation of Local Performance

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College of Public Administration, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
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John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
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Received: 20 October 2017 / Revised: 26 November 2017 / Accepted: 30 November 2017 / Published: 3 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Trends in Municipal Solid Waste Management)
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Abstract

China meets increasingly serious solid waste problems and has adopted various policies in response in recent years. Meanwhile, few studies have investigated the performance of solid waste disposal through statistical analysis with empirical data. This study examines provincial resource use policy’s influence on the comprehensive utilization rate of industrial solid waste in Chinese cities. Through comparing results for statistical analysis in the year 2009 and 2015 by multiple linear regression analysis, this study analyzes similarities and differences in the drivers for solid waste disposal in the era of the 11th Five-Year Plan and the 12th Five-Year Plan in China. It finds that the adoption of resource use policy positively increases the comprehensive utilization rate of industrial solid waste. Other factors such as industrial SO2 emission, local environmental regulations, GDP per capita, population density and educational level also affect industrial solid waste disposal. Therefore, China should continue implementing solid waste disposal policies, upgrade current industrial systems, push forward economic and social reform and increase environmental education to enhance the effectiveness of solid waste disposal for long-term sustainable development. View Full-Text
Keywords: industrial solid waste; resource use policy; policy evaluation industrial solid waste; resource use policy; policy evaluation
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Zhou, B.; Sun, C.; Yi, H. Solid Waste Disposal in Chinese Cities: An Evaluation of Local Performance. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2234.

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