Environment Bureau

Merry-go-round consultations only add to Hong Kong's waste problem

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

In the past eight months or so, I have participated in more consultation meetings and forums on waste issues hosted by the Environment Bureau than throughout the entire tenure of the previous administration.

Saturday, 13 April, 2013, 3:21am

Government unveils plan for HK$1 recycling levy on glass bottles

Secretary for the Environment, Wong Kam-sing meets the media on the government propose a levy on glass bottles as part of a recycling scheme. Photo: Sam Tsang

People would need to pay a recycling levy on water and fruit juices sold in glass bottles, not just bottled beers and wine, under a government proposal. Under the plan - unveiled by the Environment Bureau yesterday for a three-month public consultation - about 1,700 importers and distributors will be subject to a levy based on either the volume or number of bottles involved.


8 Feb 2013 - 5:18am 1 comment

Recycling fee on glass bottles proposed

The Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing. Photo: Sam Tsang

The Environment Bureau on Thursday has proposed charging a levy on glass beverage bottles from drink suppliers to promote recycling and reduce waste.

In a consultation document, the bureau suggested using the fee to cover the costs of recycling glass beverage bottles, which accounted for two thirds of waste glass bottles in 2011.

7 Feb 2013 - 9:13pm

Environment chief calls for talks on Lantau incinerator

Environment Secretary Wong Kam-sing. Photo: Nora Tam

The environment minister called for a discussion on building an incinerator as a part of Hong Kong’s waste strategy, calling it irresponsible if talks don't take place.

Wong Kam-sing said that waste reduction at source remained a top priority for the government and that he would present his blueprint on waste reduction and treatment soon.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am