Solid waste management on small islands: the case of Green Island, Taiwan

M.C. Chen, A.J.W. Ruijs, J.H.H. Wesseler

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Municipalities of small islands have limited capacities for waste disposal. In the case of Green Island, Taiwan, continuing with business as usual would only allow the disposal of waste on the island for another 8 years. Three alternatives for solid waste management (SWM) are compared. The cost-effective solution is the one, which is the most expensive in the short run: continuing business as usual and introducing an incineration plant in the year 2010. The results indicate furthermore that deviations from optimal timing of investment only slightly change average annual costs. In the long run, the municipality can hardly avoid transporting waste to the mainland. By investing in an incineration plant, they can buy additional time to investigate alternative SWM strategies
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-47
JournalResources, Conservation and Recycling
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • energy-production
  • landfills
  • trash

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