$109m approved for landfill
LIBERAL legislators yesterday failed to block approval of $109 million to extend a landfill which they argued would not need the extra capacity if dumping was better controlled.
The funding was passed by 15 to 12 votes in the Finance Committee, with opposition from the United Democrats and Meeting Point.
The money is earmarked to extend the capacity of Shuen Wan landfill in the New Territories by about 10 per cent to 12.9 million tonnes.
But United Democrat the Reverend Fung Chi-wood said extension would be unnecessary if the Government maximised landfill use with better controls over types of dumping.
The Government had forbidden since last October the dumping in landfills of ''inert materials'', such as useless construction waste which would not decompose, he said.
''But because of the opposition from the lorry drivers . . . the Government had made concessions and is not carrying out the policy properly.'' He said inert materials made up about 70 per cent of material dumped in the Shuen Wan landfill. He was also opposed to the extension because he could see more complaints about pollution from nearby residents.
''I am worried that if the Government does not carry out its control policy properly, more funding will be asked for to extend other landfills,'' Mr Fung said.