Recycling measures found wanting

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 July, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 July, 2002, 12:00am

I totally agree with Patsy Leung's letter about waste separation and recycling (South China Morning Post, July 10). The government should be doing a lot more to help with recycling.

It appears that most recycling units are privately funded. Education in schools is needed so children are aware of the benefits, and the general public needs educating.

Hong Kong has a very limited usable land area so landfills are pointless and are a chronic waste of resources. There are no glass recycling bins in Hong Kong which is wrong.

Recycling bins should replace litter bins so people are forced to use them. Waste will then be automatically sorted and a lazy attitude to recycling can be avoided. Fines could even be imposed if people were caught using the wrong bins.

Recycling protects the environment, saves resources and creates jobs. It is essential and should be treated seriously by the government rather than as a token gesture to make things look as though something is being done.

Hong Kong has a long way to go before it becomes environmentally friendly.