Extend glass recycling initiative to the whole of Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 July, 2010, 12:00am

I refer to the report ('Campaign to increase glass recycling', June 28).

I am an avid proponent of all aspects of recycling. Coming from Europe, where they recycle everything from glass, to paper, to cans, and even to corks from wine bottles, I am used to sorting my garbage.

I am curious as to why Hong Kong does not recycle more?

Seeing as glass is the easiest substance to recycle and reuse, why haven't there been more campaigns to promote recycling?

Hong Kong has attempted to place recycling bins around the city, but only for them to be placed in the most obscure and remote areas.

Why haven't the people of Hong Kong demanded stronger campaigns? Why has this initiative regarding glass only been suggested in June, 2010? And there is only one collection point, located in Luard Road, Wan Chai.

Surely there should be one in Lan Kwai Fong which during weekdays is busier than Wan Chai.

It is obvious that if this campaign is successful we would need several collection points around Hong Kong.

I understand that more than 400 tonnes of glass is thrown into our landfills.

Hongkongers have to show more initiative when it comes to promoting recycling in the city.

We claim we care about our environment, and constantly argue for stricter air pollution controls. But we often throw away our cans and bottles (glass or plastic) because of convenience.

Recycling should be carried out throughout Hong Kong and there should be stricter controls.

It is one of the easiest ways to reduce our carbon footprint.

I would like to see this scheme implemented across Hong Kong with maybe some government incentives. We need to get serious when it comes to recycling, as our landfills are filling up at too fast a pace and we are just watching it.

Michael A. Samra, Tai Tam