Domestic Solid Waste and E-waste
Quantity of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated raise concerns, in OECD countries, it is estimated that people produce municipal waste more than 650 million tonnes in 2007 (556 kg per person per year).
In Hong Kong, there are more than 9,000 tonnes MSW generated every day of which about 1/3 is food waste. Given Hong Kong's limited landfill space the Hong Kong Government has proposed constructing an incinerator in Shek Kwu Chau, introducing MSW charges and increasing Hong Kong recycling rate of MSW in Hong Kong from 52% to 55%.
Electronic waste (E-waste) is estimated to be 20-50 million tons E-waste per year. It is often toxic as it includes heavy metals, brominated flame retardants (BFRs), and rare earth metals.
Source: Oriental Daily, Hong Kong
There are many illegal and unsafe E-waste collector causing air pollution, land pollution, and diseases. A Chinese city -- Guiyu suffer seriously from it. To know more see:
E-waste in Guiyu