Glass Recycling

Glass pioneers bid to increase use of recycled materials

A green office in Central. Photo: Courtesy of Liquid Interiors

The government wants us to recycle glass - an admirable green initiative, given that the 13 tonnes of waste glass drink bottles currently collected every day in Hong Kong accounts for less than 10 per cent of the total thrown away.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 3:44am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, April 1, 2013

Post-referendum celebrations on the Falklands. Photo: AFP

I would like to share with readers more details of our experiences in Sweden, where we have two separate glass recycling systems. For standard drinks containers (glass, PET and aluminium) we have a deposit system. When returned to the supermarket redemption centre for deposit refund, glass bottles are sent back to the beverage factory, cleaned and reused.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am 1 comment

Glass recycling feasible

Bottles at the Laputa plant in Tuen Mun, ready for recycling. Glass accounts for just 3 per cent of total waste in Hong Kong, but only 5 per cent of it is recycled. Photo: Felix Wong

I refer to letters from Inger Glimmero, from Sweden ("Avoid Europe's mistakes in recycling glass", March 8), and Timothy Gan ("Recycling glass bottles in city impractical", March 2).

19 Mar 2013 - 5:36am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, March 8, 2013

No need to restrict sales of formula. Photo: Edward Wong

With his sixth budget, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah failed to alleviate the problem of the wealth gap in Hong Kong. Tsang obviously feels it is important to be cautious, but there are times when you can be over-cautious.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:51am

Letters to the Editor, February 24, 2013

Karen Mok recalled her early days as a singer. Photo: AP

During my tenure as museum director, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum averaged 35,000 paying visitors a year. This compares favourably with the paid visits to government museums and, indeed, with that of similar maritime museums abroad.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am 2 comments

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

Letters to the Editor, January 17, 2013

Empty glass bottles can be easily recycled. Photo: May Tse

Banks should stop financing arms race

Calvin Quek of Greenpeace East Asia ("Green advocacy can help banks shed the spectre of scandals", January 5) calls on large international banks to redeem their blemished image by investing in "green" and low-carbon projects.

17 Jan 2013 - 2:06am