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  1. Letters

    Posted Mar 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... environmental policy regarding waste treatment. Waste and the disposal of waste is a long-term problem in Hong Kong, especially since our landfills are nearly saturated. The possibility of having ... by saturation of landfills. However, incineration causes serious air pollution as burning rubbish generates carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide as well as sulfur dioxide, which is carcinogenic. I do ...

  2. Bin laden: Think before you throw

    Posted May 17th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Around the world, people are starting to wake up to the problems created by a throwaway, consumer culture. In Britain, the Waste & Resources Action Programme estimates that half of the household food waste that winds up in landfills could have been eaten. To help reduce the amount of food that's thrown away, the organisation offers a few tips: Check what you have ...

  3. Should users pay for the cost of treating e-waste such as computers and electrical appliances?

    Posted Feb 10th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Yuen, Marvin Chung

    ... e-waste goes to landfills. Electronic components contain heavy metals like cadmium and lead. When they leak into soil or water, they pose a huge threat to the environment and people's health. And large appliances like refrigerators take up a lot of space in landfills. Many people send their e-waste to recycling companies. But the profits are slim, and recycling companies often lose ...

  4. lettrers

    Posted Nov 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... proposal to expand the Tseung Kwan O landfill into the Clear Water Bay Country Park. The government and legislators have failed to come to an agreement on the issue. Last month, Environment ... insisted that a landfill expansion will still be needed. I think this will damage the environment. It also contradicts economic concepts promoted by the government. Trees will be cut down ...

  5. letters

    Posted Aug 28th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the bulb is broken. There's another problem- when CFLs are thrown out, the toxic materials from the bulbs will be released into landfills. Stray cats or dogs who scramble for food from landfills could die. I believe the government should set up recycling bins for CFLs. Then the mercury could be reused, reducing the amount of toxic materials in landfills. Non-toxic light-emitting ...

  6. Mainland must tackle its mountain of rubbish

    Posted Apr 30th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... requires communities to work together to be effective. As we report today, Guangzhou's problems exemplify the issues faced by cities throughout the country. Landfills will run out of space ... to effectively handle disposal. Recycling programmes are non-existent. With landfills quickly filling up, a garbage crisis is looming. At the same time, people are wary about how their health might ...

  7. Cleaners and guards eating less as prices rise

    Posted Sep 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... risen almost threefold in a decade, according to another survey it conducted last year but which was released yesterday. Rice dumped at landfills over one year was enough to feed 440,000 ...

  8. Letters

    Posted Sep 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... lamps. No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact or in use. The amount of mercury in CFLs is so small that even if all 290 million such bulbs sold in 2007 were sent to a landfill (versus ... plants. Even if all 290 million CFLs were sent to a landfill, it would add only 0.1 per cent to US mercury emissions caused by humans in a given year. The greater threat from mercury comes from ...

  9. Letters

    Posted Oct 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Get policy right before resorting to more landfills I refer to your report ('Five years on, several opportunities wasted to cut dumping', October 7). Hong Kong, only 1,104 square kilometres in size, confronts its inherent confinement in the selection of suitable landfill sites. What's more, much of the city's suburban area has already been designated as country ...

  10. Poor need not suffer from tax on plastic bags in Hong Kong

    Posted Jan 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by the poor. In the end, if Hong Kong's limited number of landfills are filled to overflowing (partly by the millions of plastic bags discarded each day), then all our citizens- rich and poor ...




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