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Solid Waste Characterization and Recycling Potential for a University Campus in China

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College of Information and Management Science, Henan Agricultural University, 15 Longzi Lake Campus, Zhengzhou East New District, Zhengzhou, Henan 450046, China
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Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, UK
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Sustainability 2020, 12(8), 3086; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083086
Received: 12 March 2020 / Revised: 7 April 2020 / Accepted: 9 April 2020 / Published: 12 April 2020
Waste characterization is the first step to a successful waste management system. This paper explores the trend of solid waste generated on a university campus (Longzi Lake Campus of Henan Agricultural University) in China and the factors that influence the potential for recycling of the waste. Face-to-face interviews were carried out for 12 consecutive months on a campus in central China, and 416 interviewees were questioned. It was found that 7.32 tonnes of solid waste were generated on the campus each day, of which 79.31% were recyclable. The characterization of major waste streams are discussed, and the results are compared with comparable data from five universities in a range of other countries (Mexico, Canada, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Ethiopia). The annual growth of GDP per capita in China over the past five years before the research appeared to play an important role in the increasing of food waste on university campus, and the proportion of food waste is found to have a positive influence on recycling potential. View Full-Text
Keywords: campus solid waste; waste characteristics; solid waste management; recycling potential; sustainable development; China campus solid waste; waste characteristics; solid waste management; recycling potential; sustainable development; China
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Zhang, D.; Hao, M.; Chen, S.; Morse, S. Solid Waste Characterization and Recycling Potential for a University Campus in China. Sustainability 2020, 12, 3086. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083086

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Zhang D, Hao M, Chen S, Morse S. Solid Waste Characterization and Recycling Potential for a University Campus in China. Sustainability. 2020; 12(8):3086. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083086

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Zhang, Dongyong; Hao, Mengge; Chen, Sida; Morse, Stephen. 2020. "Solid Waste Characterization and Recycling Potential for a University Campus in China" Sustainability 12, no. 8: 3086. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083086

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