Chapter 3: Methodology
The main goal of our project was to propose a sustainable tyre management
system for Hong Kong. The project had three major objectives. First, we identified
the scale of the problem in Hong Kong. Second, we identified presently used and
possible future tyre waste management schemes in Hong Kong. Third, we identified
legislation that Hong Kong could adopt to increase the number of waste tyres being
reused and recycled.
3.1 Identify the scale of the problem We identified just how much tyre waste there is in Hong Kong. The methods
that we used to identify the magnitude of the problem of waste tyres in Hong Kong
were—archival research, such as government websites, and interviews with
professors and government officials.
3.1.1 Determining Hong Kong’s waste problem By doing research in local libraries, we were able to get more reliable
information specific to Hong Kong, such as the government data, on the number of
tyres imported and the volume of waste produced. The Hong Kong Polytechnic
University and University of Science and Technology libraries contained reports and
papers on waste tyres, which we used to collect data on methods used in Hong Kong.
We were also able to determine the volume of tyre waste produced in comparison to
municipal waste in Hong Kong.
3.1.2 Observation of Hong Kong s major roads By observing the traffic on some of Hong Kong’s major roads, in Sham Shui
Po, we were able to determine which types of vehicles are the most heavily used.
Though this could not be done in a controlled manner leading to representative data,