The waste paper crisis

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 January, 2011, 12:00am


Major waste-paper exporters in Hong Kong will call a strike tomorrow. The strike is in protest against the government's plan to shut down the cargo handling area in Kwun Tong they are currently using.

Their threat comes as the city faces a mounting waste problem, with officials struggling to come up with a solution. The strike could mean up to 3,000 tonnes of waste paper per day will go straight to the landfills.


Where will the exporters be relocated? They will probably move to the Rambler Channel in Tsuen Wan.


Why are they striking? The government is shutting down the cargo handling area to build a promenade. The exporters say the government is not helping them to relocate properly, and they want to move to the new area as a group. But the government has said they must bid for space for their businesses like everyone else. Some of the businesses say they cannot afford this.


Who will be affected by the shutdown? The 12 exporters currently using the area. All waste paper collectors, many of them old people, will also be affected as there won't be anyone to buy their paper.


When will the government shut the area down? It will be shut down in July, when the Berth Licence Agreement for this area expires.


How has the government reacted to the exporters' demand? In a Legislative Council meeting, Undersecretary for Transport and Housing, Yau Shing-mu, said the government understands the exporters' concerns. He said enough berths will be put up for tender.

But Green Power chief executive Man Chi-sum said the government should do more to encourage recycling businesses.