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  1. 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. ...

  2. 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. ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. talk back

    Posted Jan 09th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... THE E-MAIL FORUM Q Are landfills the best way to dispose of Hong Kong's waste? I refer to the letters published in Talkback on December 29 and 30 concerning the disposal of waste in landfills. The government is committed to reducing the amount of waste produced and encouraging reuse and recycling. Since the launch of the Waste Reduction Framework Plan in 1998, the government has ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Government plans to make e-polluters pay

    Posted Jan 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... appliances. The proposal includes a ban on the disposal of such products at landfill sites, and an extra fee to be paid by customers for waste treatment. In future, a fee of up to HK$250 might ... for re-use and the recovery of useful materials. The other 20 per cent ends up in landfills which are about to reach capacity. But the storage of waste at local sites before shipment creates ...

  9. 'Green' bags should not be taxed, producers say

    Posted May 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and their reduced impact on landfills. More than 8 billion bags a year are dumped in landfills- about three bags per person per day. Otis Hui Sai-yim, chief executive officer of Green Good Ecotech, said ... on landfills because they decomposed quickly, unlike conventional plastic bags that take decades or even centuries to degrade. 'Isn't it strange that we will continue to pollute ...

  10. Initiatives are encouraging more recycling businesses

    Posted Aug 10th 2007, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... They can then capture more waste, diverting it from landfills, meaning there will be less need for additional landfill sites in future.' He said this basic lesson had been learned ...




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