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  1. Fees hailed as easing pressure on landfills

    Posted Apr 11th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai The amount of construction waste dumped in landfills has shrunk by 30 per cent since the January introduction of charges, the environmental watchdog said yesterday. From ... tonnes of the waste goes into landfills daily. Deputy Director of Environmental Protection Esmond Lee Chung-sin said although the figure seemed to suggest a positive impact from the charging ...

  2. 50 cent tax on plastic bags floated to stop them filling up landfills so fast

    Posted Jul 20th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... was introduced. The Environmental Protection Department has estimated Hong Kong uses 33 million plastic bags a day- most ending up in landfills. To combat the problem, the department is drafting ...

  3. Don't let recycling experiment go to waste

    Posted Sep 22nd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Packaging, construction waste, computer parts and electronics. These make up some of the many tonnes of rubbish that Hong Kong consumers and businesses send to landfills each day. Plastics ... a system that charges minimal fees to those who generate and dispose of waste, where the government provides heavy subsidies to run landfills and where there are not enough incentives to recycle. ...

  4. Piecemeal laws no substitute for comprehensive recycling policy

    Posted Aug 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in orders for shopping bags targeted by the levy. You keep saying that we each send three plastic bags on average every day to landfills but even the Environmental Protection Department was unable ... bags break down over time in our landfills into toxic particles that leach into the soil and water. But plastics, which are basically all hydrocarbon polymers, have not been known to be toxic. ...

  5. Time to promote eco-friendly habit

    Posted Sep 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong people throw away a lot of newspapers. This is a huge waste. Most of them are dumped in landfills that are close to capacity. I believe the government can organise activities ... planet will be protected. CHAN LAI-SHAN Thanks for your letter, Lai-shan. The amount of waste that people and businesses produce every day is overwhelming. And landfills ...

  6. Worms to gobble up all the fast food that we don't eat

    Posted Jul 08th 2007, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... cent is plastic packaging, which can be recycled by other centres,' he said. Mr Tse said the city's fast-food waste now went to landfills, which were expected to be full within six years. As organic waste rots in the sites, it releases the greenhouse gas methane. 'We will reduce waste-dumping to landfill by at least 50 tonnes a day from the outset,' he ...

  7. Fill-bad factor

    Posted Aug 21st 2006, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Hong Kong's landfills are being used up at an alarming rate, with some green groups blaming the government for its lack of foresight and education, writes Peter Kammerer Air pollution may seem to be Hong Kong's biggest enemy, but an equally choking problem unseen by most is threatening the city: garbage. If the situation doesn't improve, landfills will be full ...

  8. Cigarette packaging has activists fuming

    Posted May 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... was about eight times the size of a cigarette pack. It said the foam was undesirable packaging material because it was not biodegradable, directly contributing more waste to landfills. The excessive ... waste, with at least 27 tonnes of foam being disposed of at landfills every day. British American Tobacco released a statement last night saying the foam 'has been proven to meet ...

  9. Bag levy won't go into green fund

    Posted May 10th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... such as landfills, out of the general account. Angus Ho Hon-wai, head of the Green Student Council, which has been organising No Plastic Bag Day, said the arrangement for using the bag levy was unacceptable. ... said. Environmental Protection Department figures show the city dumped an estimated 89.2 tonnes of plastic bags a day in landfills last year, down by 100 tonnes from 2005. Plastic pile ...

  10. Recyclers to spend HK$61m at new park

    Posted May 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... it will help divert waste from shrinking landfills. The three recyclers, picked from a dozen bidders, will be required to handle at least 6,000 tonnes of plastic, 2,000 tonnes of wood and 8,000 tonnes ... 118,625 tonnes of wood waste and 623,785 tonnes of plastics are sent to landfills each year. Under the terms of the contracts, the three operators will be required to collect waste locally ...




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