Much refuse on little land: In the densely populated metropolises of Hong Kong and Macau, waste disposal becomes an increasingly demanding challenge. The waste management utilities of these Chinese cities depend on the technology and services rendered by MAN.
Located about 50 kilometres west of Hong Kong in a special administrative region, the city of Macau initially evokes images of casinos, gambling and booming tourism – for Macau is on its way to outstripping Las Vegas as a casino hotspot. Yet just as in the gamblers’ paradise in the American desert, the town on the Chinese south coast is faced with a growing waste problem.
Kong Sai works as a driver at CSR, a local refuse management and recycling company with 670 employees. CSR belongs to SUEZ Recycling and Waste Recovery Asia, one of the largest recycling and waste processing service providers in the world. Men such as Kong Sai toil daily in the background to keep the city clean and attractive. In this case, that work is performed in an MAN truck, specifically a night blue MAN TGM with the license plate MQ46TM.
In nearby Hong Kong, the situation is much more dramatic. Nearly eight million residents are crowded into 1,104 square kilometres, which not only renders Hong Kong a significant economic and financial player, but also makes it one of the most densely populated areas in the People’s Republic. So even though the megacity’s name is translated as “fragrant port”, it has long since lost its sweet-smelling air and often merely reeks.
In matters of recycling and waste processing, Hong Kong also relies on MAN trucks. Every day, 8,000 tonnes of refuse are delivered to the West New Territories Landfill disposal site. Initially, self-driving SUEZ vessels carry the waste from a collecting point to the landfill, where 33 MAN trucks of the TGX and TGS model ranges await to further transport the refuse containers.
“MAN trucks operate with low emissions and always according to the latest environmental standards,” confirms Madison Tang, the deputy director of the SUEZ branch in Hong Kong and Macau, who also studied automotive engineering. “Our contracting authority, the city of Hong Kong, places much value on that fact.”
What does the daily routine actually look like in these urban areas? We accompanied Kong Sai and his colleague Mui Wai Kwok, who coordinates the truck fleet in Hong Kong:
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This easy to manoeuvre truck affords a huge increase in efficiency and flexibility when towing a trailer thanks to its high payload and large volume.