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Dealing with Hong Kong's food waste

Food is sorted and placed into a machine that makes compost. Photos: Warton Li, May Tse

It's telling that when a district scheme to recycle food waste succeeds beyond expectations, the organisers still struggle with excess.

Monday, 22 April, 2013, 9:13am

A radical approach that is grounded in common sense

Thirty years ago, most vineyards, like other agricultural farmlands, used chemicals to combat disease and, more importantly, increase output. But chemicals degrade land and damage ecosystems. To restore the balance, vine growers increasingly practise 'sustainable' farming, which uses a minimum of chemicals, or 'organic' farming, which uses none.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

All over bar the sprouting

Harvesting the vegetables he has helped to plant, nurture and cultivate, Vlado Vasile, a Year Seven student at South Island School, declares: 'It is simply an amazing adventure that really makes you want to gasp.' In Hong Kong, where having a garden is often considered a luxury, Vlado, like many other children from 10 international and 10 local schools, has discovered the joys of horticulture a

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Risa Bhinekawati

THE MAKING OF AN INDEPENDENT I was born in Pontianak, West Borneo, in 1966. When I was seven, my family moved to Jakarta and I have lived there ever since. I'm very much a no-frills person. My 250 square metre [2,700 sq ft] house is on 850 square metres of land in a kampong [suburb]. I don't use air-conditioning; we have four very big trees around the house that provide shade.

20 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Community compost facilities make sound financial sense

I am a gardener living in Mui Wo on Lantau and unlike the government I take very seriously the twin threats of climate change and peak oil. Consequently, one thing I am trying to do is grow fruit, vegetables and herbs in my garden and allotment using organic methods. Conventionally-grown food is heavily dependent on fossil fuel inputs.

7 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Compost plants ready to handle horse manure

No horse manure will go to waste during the Olympics. From this weekend, the Environmental Protection Department's HK$37 million plant will compost all of it.

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Food-waste compost project could be just a waste of time

City does not have enough farms to use 'green' fertiliser

Part of Hong Kong's mountain of food waste will be composted in a pilot scheme starting this year, but already there are fears of too little demand for the product.

13 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Green winners

Five schools received funds from China Light & Power (CLP) last year to carry out research on environmental protection and install machines to help conserve energy on campus.

The CLP Energy Innovation Fund, which was launched in 2003, has provided more than HK$3 million for a total of 28 projects so far.

12 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Focus on mounting rubbish problem

Six treatment methods are proposed to deal with the huge volume of waste

Six technologies, ranging from burning waste into ashes to converting it into compost, have been proposed to handle the city's mounting rubbish pile.

The systems, which can be used together or individually, will form the core of government proposals for integrated waste treatment.

24 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Making money from muck the green way

With the mainland in danger of being swamped by waste, two entrepreneurs have dreams of making money from muck.

Industrial engineer Chi Hong and Chinese-American entrepreneur Andy Tung are pitching products that could change the way the nation's 1.3 billion people eat and what happens once they have digested it.

10 May 2003 - 12:00am

Market so small

I refer to Chris Donnolley's letter of January 3. He may be interested to know that in the 1970s the Government built a large mechanised composting plant. The compost which emerged from the production line had many small bits of undigested plastic in it and was not particularly good humus.

10 Jan 1999 - 12:00am