Legislators, residents protest against landfill expansion plan

Tseung Kwan O residents protest against the plan to extend a landfill site in the district on Saturday. Photo: May Tse

Legislators and residents on Monday raised objections to a landfill expansion plan in Tseung Kwan O and some urged the government to withdraw the proposal.

Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, 8:45am

Hong Kong issues dire warning on landfills amid protests by residents

Tseung Kwan O residents protest against expanding the landfill.

Environment minister Wong Kam-sing said Hong Kong would be "surrounded by rubbish" if a HK$8.9 billion landfill expansion, planned since 2003, did not go ahead.

26 May 2013 - 3:55pm 2 comments

What kind of waste incinerator does Hong Kong need?

Incinerator opposition

The troubling question of what to do about Hong Kong's waste got a spirited airing at a public forum yesterday evening. There was a panel of five experts who were attending the "International Conference on Solid Waste 2013 - Innovation in Technology and Management". The conference was organised by the Sino-Forest Applied Research Centre for Pearl River Delta Environment, which is attached to Hong Kong Baptist University.

9 May 2013 - 4:39am 4 comments

European view of waste burners inspires local lawmakers

Kenneth Chan Ka-lok. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Overseas experts, in town for a solid waste conference, had an informal meeting with environment panel legislators to discuss Hong Kong's incineration plan, which is currently stalled by a legal challenge.

8 May 2013 - 5:54am

Is the new generation of incinerators really safe?

Stealing a Long March on the US

We were disturbed to come across a report that India's flagship incinerator in Delhi appears to be creating hazardous air quality conditions in the surrounding area.

3 May 2013 - 4:22am 3 comments

Tsing Yi toxic waste facility may be moved

The plant occupies a two-hectare Tsing Yi site. Photo: Edward Wong

The Environmental Protection Department plans to hire a consultant to look into the future of the facility. It will direct the consultant to study the incinerator's operation, and whether it needs to be downsized or relocated to other locations such as to a rock cavern or reclaimed land.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am 1 comment

Officials ignored consultants' advice

Tsang Tsui

I refer to Martin Williams' letter ("Mega incinerator project being driven by vested interests", April 26). Any fact-based analysis would conclude that any new waste-treatment technology should be located in Tsang Tsui near Tuen Mun, not Shek Kwu Chau. Locating a massive incinerator using a polluting sunset technology in Shek Kwu Chau represents the worst combination of technology choice and site selection.

30 Apr 2013 - 5:35am

Vested interests driving waste project

Artist's Impression of the Shek Kwu Chau Incinerator. Photo: SCMP

There were quick responses to R. E. J. Bunker's letter on marine accidents, which he believes would become more likely with barge traffic to and from the planned Shek Kwu Chau waste incinerator ("Incinerator will raise risk of collisions", April 11).

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, April 25, 2013

Charge affordable rents in the market. Photo: Dickson Lee

The government proposes reclaiming 60 hectares of land at Ma Liu Shui. The proposed reclamation would turn part of Tolo Harbour into an extension of the Shing Mun River. The flow of the already polluted river (which is really a nullah) would be impeded, further worsening the water quality.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:03am

Letters to the Editor, April 20, 2013

Banks must now be called to account. Photo: Bloomberg

I watched the US Senate hearings into the JPMorgan US$6.2 billion loss on credit derivatives. Banks justify their huge bonuses, saying that they are needed to attract talent. If the collection of mumbling, fumbling, buck-passing individuals who testified are the best talent available, it is not surprising that the banks are in such a mess.

20 Apr 2013 - 3:25am

Letters to the Editor, April 16, 2013

Protest in Taipei against a new nuclear plant. Photo: AP

I am saddened that not one of the pan-democratic political parties of Hong Kong, nor any one of our pro-democracy leaders and personalities, have, apparently, commented on the recent Court of Final Appeal ruling regarding right of abode for foreign domestic helpers.

16 Apr 2013 - 3:27am 5 comments

Letters to the Editor, April 11, 2013

A woman casts her ballot in suburban Jakarta. Photo: AP

The collision last Friday night between a Cheung Chau ferry and a barge off Hei Ling Chau was not unexpected, since this area is criss-crossed by many fast ferries to Macau and the islands, and slow-moving barge traffic. Fortunately, no one was killed, but this could have easily been as bad as last year's Lamma collision.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 2 comments

Greens burn up over 'dinosaur technology'

Indira Gandhi

The environmental group Clear The Air is maintaining the pressure on the government to abandon plans to build an incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau. The group's chairman, James Middleton, has sent a letter to the Legislative Council's environmental affairs panel urging it not to approve funding for what he terms "outdated dinosaur technology".

14 Feb 2013 - 4:53am 1 comment

An incinerator isn't our only choice

Illustration: Craig Stephens

Most of us would agree that reducing waste at source, recycling and reuse is the best long-term approach to Hong Kong's waste disposal. But let's face it, given the 18,000 tonnes we generate daily, there's no way that the "three Rs" can prevent our garbage from filling up all three landfills by 2019.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:32am 5 comments

Revealing Hong Kong identity numbers is not a privacy issue

Unwanted incinerator.

Corporate governance advocate David Webb has come up with an interesting wheeze to persuade the government to drop its planned move to remove directors' addresses and ID numbers from the Company Registry. The ostensible reason for the government's move is to protect directors' privacy.

29 Jan 2013 - 5:14am