Solid waste is a little-studied issue in China that has an immediate visual and health impact on local populations. In CEF research assistant Fan Feng's brief, "Garbage Villages" Growing Waste Problems in Rural China, Feng outlines the sources of rural waste and the work of the local and central governments, as well as international organizations to alleviate the problem. In fact, although rural waste is increasing, most of the waste disposed of in the country side where there are few safe landfills is from urban China.

With no vast country side to hide urban waste, Taiwan and Hong Kong are exploring ways to control waste accumulation. Freelance writer Julia Ross contrasts the ways and levels of success of these two islands in her research brief, Management of Municipal Solid Waste in Hong Kong and Taiwan.