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Tuen Mun landfill

Legco's public works subcommittee voted on July 2, 2013, to approve a HK$35 million study of a Tuen Mun landfill expansion in the New Territories. The move has been met with strong opposition from residents, and the district council says Tuen Mun has a disproportionate share of dirty facilities such as power plants and fuel depots. Plans for another landfill, in Ta Kwu Ling, has also been drawn into the controversy. The government withdrew plans for the Tseung Kwan O site amid strong opposition.

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Lawmakers prepare to trash timetable for landfill expansion plan

Pan-democrats may find unlikely ally from Tuen Mun, as residents rally against expansion

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, 8:41am

Landfill extensions in Ta Kwu Ling and Tuen Mun are facing another setback after lawmakers vowed to launch a filibuster to delay government funding applications in the Legislative Council next Friday.

Lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung of the League of Social Democrats yesterday said he was preparing to file up to 52,000 amendments in next week's Finance Committee meeting, the last in this legislative session.

The move could stop the application for the projects, which the government says are essential to stave off a waste crisis, being passed before the summer break.

"The amendments will focus on all fronts of rubbish management in the city, from waste reduction at source to the waste recycling industry," Leung said. "The aim is to prevent the fund applications being passed in the current session."

People Power lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip and Democratic Party lawmaker Helena Wong Pik-wan also suggested that they might join Leung's filibuster effort.

"You can call it [a filibuster if] you like," Wong said "I am going to ask questions next Friday."

Tuen Mun residents' opposition also means the pan-democrats might find an unusual ally in their cause - pro-government lawmaker Lau Wong-fat, chairman of the Heung Yee Kuk and Tuen Mun district council.

"The district council will hold a workshop on Monday and I will decide afterwards," he said.

Finance Committee procedure allows a lawmaker to move a motion without notice to express a view on an agenda item.

Earlier this week a HK$7 billion extension of the Ta Kwu Ling landfill and a HK$35 million study of expansion at the Tuen Mun landfill received approval from the Legco's public works subcommittee after a third extension, in Tseung Kwan O, was withdrawn.

The filibuster may also delay consideration of civil service pay increases, next on the agenda.

New People's Party lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, also an executive councillor, said she feared that the city's 170,000 civil servants would not receive their raises on time.

The adjustment of less than 4 per cent will be counted retrospectively from April 1, no matter when it was passed.

"For junior-rank government employees, the pay rise could be quite a sum of money," she said. "It is better [for it] to come early than late."

 

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KwunTongBypass
Ohh, what a clever and cunning Hong Kong plot:
1. Li Ka Shing buys some more European waste-to-energy plants; mostly using old fashioned, or "sun set" industry type "moving grate" incineration technology - but who cares!
2. Hong Kong sends its garbage to these plants
3. Gate fees (that is what the incinerator will charge to the Hong Kong people) will inevitably go up for Hong Kong waste, which has not yet been pilot tested - and because whatever LKS touches must turn into gold. But - good news - whatever the "Europeans" charge, it comes right back to Hong Kong - ehh to LKS.
4. Europeans will be posioned by all the dioxins and other terrible stuff that comes out of these plants - and the air in Hong Kong will be .... - ah- nevermind - cough-cough-cough.
5. Hong Kong NIMBYS from Tong F u k (man, this SCMP censor does not even allow to spell places in HK) to Ta Kwu Ling can sleep well again.
Problem solved. Glad that the Europeans are so ignorant!
P.S. If you would have attended the Hong Kong conference on Solid Waste - and not the apparently concurrent "plasma technology" conference in London, you would have heard that Taiwan also has lots of waste incineration overcapacity - so why send Hong Kong garbage to Europe? And by the way, Macau also has waste incineration overcapacity. So in instead of shippping our stuff to Shek Kwu Chau, why not to Macau, it's only half an hour "down the road"

KwunTongBypass
Who needs landfills anyway? My garbage is always taken out by my helper - and rotten bananas can be recycled during Legco sessions. No?
 
 
 
 
 

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