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


鍾姍姍博士(左)與寶潔公司代表一同考察菲律賓市內一座不合規格的廢物轉運站

Date: 03 Mar 2014 (Monday)

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HKBU Biology scholar contributes to greener environment through Asian Development Bank’s “waste-to-worth” project

浸大生物系學者獲邀參與亞洲開發銀行項目     為建設綠色環境出力

Dr. Chung Shan-shan, Assistant Professor of the Department of Biology of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), 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.

香港浸會大學生物系助理教授鍾姍姍博士獲邀請參與亞洲開發銀行的「Waste to Worth」項目,提供研究支援,並就在菲律賓兩個城市建設兩座具有資源及能源回收功能的綜合廢物管理設施探討可行方案。項目剛於今年二月展開,預計為期十二至十四個月。

項目展開後,鍾博士馬上遠赴其中一個受助城市安吉利斯市考察當地一座廢物轉運站。她說﹕「從這座廢物轉運站的設備看來好像是臨時設施,並無合符規格的廢物轉運站應有的基本除污設施。此外,市內大部分收集廢物的車輛並非專用垃圾車,大大減低收集廢物的效率,亦影響環境衛生。」

鍾博士認為這項目令她大開眼界,以及讓她實地考察發展中城市的廢物管理方式。她將把這次經驗與學生分享,豐富其課堂教學。鍾博士更認為項目所收集的部分資料可用作編撰成學術論文。

項目小組計劃於今年四月展開一項廢物類型及特性分析,以探討當地旱季中的廢物特性,並於八至十月展開另一研究探討濕潤季節的分別。另外,鍾博士將率領項目小組採訪多個當地的垃圾生產及清理單位,以便了解該市內廢物產生或棄置,以及檢拾可回收物料的情況。所收集的資料整合後將用於策劃市內新的綜合廢物管理設施,以替代現時不合規格的廢物轉運站。

「Waste to Worth」項目由寶潔公司贊助。
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