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UG Dissertation (Restricted)




With the popularization of computer, especially after the launch of Pentium, the manufacturing amount and the export quantity of computer was enormous. At the same time, as the demand for computer rise sharply, another problem arouse, which is computer rubbish. Nowadays, different countries have drafted various policies and ordinances in order to handle the problem.

In Hong Kong, computer waste is also a deteriorating environmental problem for the fast economic development. Life Cycle of computer is getting shorter and shorter. In Hong Kong, it is estimated that around 700 personal computers were dumped into the landfill a day. From 2000 to 2001, the volume of those computer rubbishes reached near the volume of 860 double-deck buses (Oriental Daily, 2001). Particularly, research found that nearly 90% of the waste could be recycled and possess recycled value. (

However, there are only 23 computer collectors or recyclers in Hong Kong, which are listed in the directory of computer collectors and recyclers. An interesting question arises, why is there so few computer recyclers whereas the problem of computer waste is serious in Hong Kong? In order to identify the rationale behind, the study is targeted to find out the rationales behind the under-development of computer recycling industry in Hong Kong so that parties or authorities concerned may have a clearer picture on why the industry could not be fully developed in Hong Kong and especially, understandings could be obtained for getting implications on what should be done for tackling the problem.



Recommended Citation

Cheung, C., & Tang, K. M. (2002). A study of the non-favourable factors of computer recycling business in Hong Kong (UG dissertation, Lingnan University, Hong Kong). Retrieved from