Tuen Mun landfill

Legislators, residents protest against landfill expansion plan

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 May, 2013, 8:07pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, 8:45am

Legislators and residents on Monday raised objections to a landfill expansion plan in Tseung Kwan O and some urged the government to withdraw the proposal.

At a Legislative Council environmental affairs panel meeting on Monday, lawmakers passed a non-binding motion opposing the planned landfill expansion.

Civic Party’s Ronny Tong Ka-wah said residents had endured unpleasant smells from the existing landfill for years. He asked officials to rethink the project.

Chan Yuen-han, from the Federation of Trade Unions, urged the government to withdraw the plan.

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing replied that the expanded landfill would only be for construction waste, as a way to reduce odours.

Wong on Saturday said the city would be swamped by rubbish if three landfills, including the Tseung Kwan O one, were not expanded.

Some 20 residents from Tseung Kwan O protested outside Legco, calling on the government to abandon the proposal.