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Organic Matter

With landfills filling up, food composting may be the solution

While it may not be easy for urbanites to embrace the idea of food composting, it is an easy and relatively inexpensive answer to Hong Kong's landfill problem.

Wednesday, 16 July, 2008, 12:00am

Our worms too lazy to go to work

Thousands of imported earthworms could be used to eat household food waste at housing estates by the end of the year if a pilot scheme conducted at Kadoorie Farm is successful.

About 12,000 red worms from the mainland are being used in the trial, which mirrors a system used at the Sydney Olympic village in 2000 and likely to be used in Beijing next year.

16 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Plant to tackle food-waste mountain

Environmental agency trial will turn a fraction of the city's leftovers into fertiliser

Environment chiefs plan a HK$5 million trial to recycle four tonnes of food waste a day - about the amount dumped by four five-star hotels.

21 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Officials being prudent with moderate start

I refer to Stephanie Fung's letter headlined, 'Composting would bring all sorts of benefits' (South China Morning Post, April 7).

It is the Government's policy to ensure that all waste generated in Hong Kong receives the most appropriate treatment and organic waste is no exception.

19 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Composting method good for environment

Instead of sending our unwanted food and food scraps to the tip, we could be utilising them to make valuable compost. The compost material could then be used to improve the quality of the soil used with pot plants and market gardens in Hong Kong.

A compost consists of food waste or organic matter mixed with a quantity of soil.

8 Mar 2000 - 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

Perfect solution

There is one solution to the growing mountain of recyclable paper in Hong Kong: compost it.

Composting is the breakdown (decay) of organic matter by soil micro-organisms into humus, the complex biological matter that is the essential factor of soil fertility.

This process can take years in the wild, but with modern methods it can be as short as a fortnight.

3 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Bearing buckets of garbage to Lamma

YUMI Kikuchi has a weird way of making friends. She gives them her garbage.

Everyday, she saves table scraps, peels, mouldy tomatoes and onion skins and puts them into a bucket, covered, in her kitchen.

After it sits for a week or so, she hands it over to Queenie So, who couldn't be more pleased.

18 Aug 1994 - 12:00am