The Daily Matter
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 June, 2013, 6:45pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 June, 2013, 7:22pm

Does Hong Kong have a plastic problem? Experts meet to discuss solutions


Christy Choi is a news reporter for the South China Morning Post covering science and technology. Before the SCMP, she worked for the Phnom Penh Post and Time, writing about sharks helping tame lionfish invasions, mealybug infestations, human trafficking and the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, among others. As a former contemporary arts curator, she has a soft spot for the arts, and while science is her beat at the Post, she won’t say no to a good yarn about pretty much anything under the sun. Reach her on Twitter @jchristychoi

Thursday morning will be kicked off as a day of pondering about plastics in Hong Kong with Asia Society’s second annual Plasticity Forum.

Founded last year at the United Nations’ Rio 20+ Conference on Sustainable Development, the forum brings together people in the business of creating new technologies and working to reduce waste and the environmental impact of the plastics industry.

"Nearly 19 per cent of Hong Kong's waste is plastic, according to the latest figures, or over 1,600 tonnes per day. Some interesting business opportunities exist in reusing this material," said Doug Woodring, founder of the Ocean Recovery Alliance, in the South China Morning Post on Wednesday.

Want more from Doug? Here's the full article laying out how we should tackle the growing waste problem in the city.

This year's event is being organised by the folks at the Ocean Recovery Alliance with  Mike Biddle of MBA Polymers, a company using landfill plastic waste to create recycled plastic, and our Undersecretary for the Environment Christine Loh, on the speaker panel.

Ever wondered how plastic recycling happens? This TED talk by Biddle walks you through the steps, and makes you wonder a little about our consumption habits.



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