Free course

Urban and rural waste in China

Free statement of participation on completion

This free course, Urban and rural waste in China, is an introduction to the waste practices and waste management processes currently being practiced in China. Students learn about waste in China and then contrast those practices with their own.

As part of a review of content, this course will be deleted from OpenLearn on 12 December 2018. It will be replaced by a new course, Waste management and environmentalism in China, in December. 

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain and apply the importance of the waste hierarchy to waste management
  • understand that economic development changes the nature and amount of waste generated
  • consider a case study of unregulated waste dumping and the environmental impacts contrasted with digital waste products (digital dumping)
  • recognise that informal waste collection systems play important roles in recycling and job creation
  • compare and contrast waste output levels for a range of different countries.