Hongkongers take material possessions for granted and generate a lot of rubbish. Our landfills are almost saturated, but residents oppose the extension of landfills.
I would like to suggest things students can do to cut down waste at school and at home.
To save paper, students should turn to computers. For a research project, groupmates can exchange documents and ideas through the internet and instant messaging software. They can also persuade teachers to allow them to submit assignments online.
Students can promote recycling and reuse at home. They can sort rubbish for easy separation, collect ink containers and worn-out clothing and donate them to green groups, and freeze leftover food for the next meal.
Rather than buying on a whim, students should think twice and choose practical, durable products that can serve more than one purpose or are refillable.
Students can be leaders in reducing wastage.
Kevin Kong, Tin Shui Wai
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Kevin. As we head into the Lunar New Year, people are again giving gifts and having banquets. The wastage in the city at this time of year is breath-taking. Worst of all will be the overpackaging, as gifts are made to look as ostentatious as possible. Also, there will be plenty of over-ordering of food as banquets get into full swing.
I do hope Young Post readers will listen to the pleas of mainland basketball star Yao Ming and give shark's fin soup a miss this year. If we all do just one thing to make our holidays greener, it will help a lot.