A cross-border recycling system in Asia under the resource and environmental constraints: A challenging project by the city of Kitakyushu and the city of Tianjin

Eiji Hosoda, Takamasa Hayashi

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In this article, we present an overview of the current circumstances of the trade of recyclable resources, i. e. end-of-life products, parts and materials, and recycled resources in Asian countries, indicating that pollution potential is spreading there due to the improper handling of those resources. Conversely, Japan's domestic recycling activities are shown to be adversely affected by the increasing outflow of those resources on one hand and the sudden stagnation of trade on the other. Considering that cross-border resource circulation in Asia is unavoidable and desirable in certain conditions, we propose a feasible and sustainable transaction scheme of recyclable and recycled resources, exemplified by a project which was carried out by the city of Kitakyushu and the city of Tianjin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-270
Number of pages14
JournalSustainability Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr 21



  • Cross-border recycling
  • Recyclable resources
  • Recycled resources
  • Resource and environmental constraints

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Health(social science)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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