Construction Waste

Paper Talk

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Tests for the rice content of products sold as rice noodles at Wellcome supermarkets in Hong Kong have found two samples with only 0.4 grams of protein per 100 grams - suggesting they contain less than 10 per cent rice.

Saturday, 6 April, 2013, 4:02am

Investigation after construction waste left in Yuen Long conservation area

Trees have been removed near Wong Chuk Yuen village and dirt piled almost two metres high. Some has spilled into adjacent government land. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Planning officials are investigating waste dumping on a 22,000 square metre conservation area in Yuen Long, amid suspicions it could have come from a construction site for the MTR's high-speed cross-border railway.

Trees have been removed from land near Wong Chuk Yuen village off Kam Tin Road and dirt piled almost two metres high.

18 Dec 2012 - 3:27am

Construction waste is being dumped on agricultural land

Your editorial on Hong Kong's waste ('We all need to pitch in to solve waste problem', January 8) declares that the 'landfill charge for construction waste has been highly effective, cutting the amounts being put into landfills by half'.

Calling this policy 'highly effective' is sadly laughable to those of us living in the rural New Territories.

18 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Construction waste levels down 40pc in last four years: Liao

Updated at 6.28pm: The amount of construction waste disposed of at public landfills has decreased 40 per cent over the last four years, Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung said on Friday.

12 May 2006 - 12:00am

Demolition duty

Hong Kong is notorious for its awful televised public service announcements. There are ads for personal hygiene, crowd behaviour, watching TV with your kids, hiking etiquette, and the always helpful live poultry handling procedures.

4 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Mooncake box initiative a chance not to be wasted

Late March might be a bit early to start thinking about mooncakes, but Hong Kong's consumers should be grateful that environmental groups are already planning ahead.

Each year, city residents buy millions of tins of the Mid-Autumn Festival treat. The packaging - metal containers, with paper inserts and plastic knives included - all ends up in our over-burdened landfill sites.

29 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Building site rubble plea

The user-pays concept should apply to waste disposal for construction-related debris.

This would be a practical way to encourage self-discipline among contractors who would be motivated in their efforts to cut costs by cutting down on waste. A diligent contractor would try to find more reusable construction items during a project.

15 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Landfill charge will increase waste recycling

I refer to your comment 'War on waste' (South China Morning Post, September 21).

This was very timely as the two most serious impediments to a successful waste management strategy for Hong Kong are the absence of a landfill charge and the increasing amount of construction waste finding its way into our strategic landfills.

28 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Construction waste may cost $4m a day

The construction industry could face a bill of $4 million every day if user-pays charges for waste are introduced and reclamation projects put on hold, it emerged yesterday.

Taxpayers currently fund the disposal of demolition and construction materials at the rate of about $100 per tonne.

21 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Wrongly dumped fill cost $942m

Millions of tonnes of construction waste suitable for reclamation has been disposed of in landfills.

The Director of Audit said 14.7 million tonnes was wrongly dumped between 1991 and 1995, despite strong demand for fill material for the reclamation programme.

It cost the Government an extra $942 million to dispose of the material in landfills.

10 Apr 1997 - 12:00am