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HKBU Biology scholar contributes to greener environment through Asian Development Bank's "waste-to-worth" project

03 Mar 2014

Dr. Chung Shan-shan (left) inspects a sub-standard refuse transfer station in Angeles City in the Philippines together with a P&G project representative
Dr. Chung Shan-shan (left) inspects a sub-standard refuse transfer station in Angeles City in the Philippines together with a P&G project representative

Dr. Chung Shan-shan, Assistant Professor of the Department of Biology, was invited to participate in the Waste to Worth project organised by the Asian Development Bank to provide research support and conduct a viability study on the construction of two integrated waste management facilities (with material and energy recovery functions) in two cities in the Philippines. The project kicked off in February 2014 and is expected to last for 12 to 14 months.

Right after the project's kick-off, Dr. Chung inspected a refuse transfer station in Angeles City, one of the beneficiary cities of the project. She said, "The transfer station looked like a temporary one. It did not seem to have the basic pollution abatement facilities of an up-to-standard refuse transfer station. In addition, most of the waste collection vehicles used in the city were not purpose-built for this function, making the waste collection process inefficient and hampering environmental hygiene."

Dr. Chung said this was an eye-opening project which allowed her to conduct fieldwork on waste management in a developing city. She plans to share the experience with her students to enrich her classroom teaching. She believes that some of the data collected during the project could be published in academic journals.

The project team will embark on a waste characterisation study in April to understand the characteristics of waste in the dry season and another in August to October for the wet season. Dr. Chung will also lead the project team in interviewing various local waste generators and scavenging parties to understand the pattern of waste generation/disposal and the informal retrieval of recyclables in Angeles City. The data collected will be synthesised for planning the future integrated waste management facility of the city to replace the sub-standard refuse transfer station currently in use.

The Waste to Worth project is sponsored by Procter & Gamble (P&G) Co.