Ignorance leads to fears over burning

Ignorance leads to fears over burning

Most of the objections against incineration are unfounded or overstated, according to an international expert on converting waste to energy.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, 5:05am

Letters to the Editor, April 19, 2013

Incinerators could be built at landfills. Photo: Bloomberg

In recent months we have heard a lot of discussion on the election of the chief executive by universal suffrage that was long on principles, ideals and passion but short on concrete details.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am 1 comment

Marine collision fears unfounded

Traffic near Shek Kwu Chau has been assessed. Photo: Nora Tam

There will not be any exponential rise in barge movements or any significant increase in the risk of vessel collision due to the development of the integrated waste management facility on an artificial island near Shek Kwu Chau.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am

Firm has cheaper waste option

Green Island Cement site in Tap Shek Kok. Photo: David Wong

I would add to the list of overpriced infrastructure projects the Shek Kwu Chau super-incinerator that the last government tried to push through, despite the public's objections to the location and the technology it was to use. According to the media, at an estimated cost of HK$15 billion, it would have been one of the world's most expensive incinerators.

14 Feb 2013 - 1:29am

Hong Kong will still need landfills

Tseung Kwan O Landfill. Photo: Sam Tsang

I refer to two letters on December 13 on waste charging, from Tony Henderson ("Solid waste charge should be last resort") and Karina Chow ("New policy could face stiff resistance").

Let me first deal with the range of measures to provide a fuller picture of our waste strategy.

2 Jan 2013 - 4:46am 2 comments

Disappearing paper trail more evidence of need for archive law

Wong Kam-sing

How interesting to read in yesterday's South China Morning Post the reason why the Health Department was unable to monitor and enforce the land-grant conditions of some non-profit making hospitals. These hospitals were supposed to set aside 20 per cent of their beds for the poor and needy but have not been doing so, as was revealed by the Director of Audit last month.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:12am

Something is 'rotten' in the Prosecutions Department

Kevin Zervos

We gather there has been some amusement in prosecution circles over the claim by outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos, in his recent annual review, that the prosecutors who have departed over the past year "were at or near retirement age".

The response from some observers has been: "Who's he trying to kid?"

4 Dec 2012 - 3:10am

New milestone in burning incinerator saga

Marcus Aurelius started it all.

Exploratory vessels a new milestone in burning saga

Although government plans to build a monster incinerator in the environs of Shek Kwu Chau have officially been shelved, preparatory work continues.

10 Nov 2012 - 5:04am 3 comments

Common sense in Hong Kong's Clochemerle moment

A burning issue again one day?

We now understand why the Buildings Department has taken so long to deal with the outstanding celebrity illegal structures problem, which, let's not forget, includes our chief executive.

8 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

Stink of Guangzhou garbage plan refuses to go away

Hundreds of residents of Qingyuan and Guangzhou took to the streets on June 10 to protest against a plan to build a garbage incinerator in Guangzhou's Huadu district, close to Qingyuan.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Waste-management alternatives to glorified bonfire given short shrift

I found it interesting that Professor Poon Chi-sun, director of Polytechnic University's research centre for environmental technology and management, has remarked of the waste incinerator issue that the current discussion by lawmakers 'has become politicised' and is 'not rational' ('Two ways to burn our trash, both with flaws', April 22).

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Environment officials made so many mistakes with incinerator plan

The Environmental Protection Department must be feeling disappointed that its plans for a super-incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau have now been put on hold ('Bureau ditches HK$15b incinerator funding bid', April 21). However, the department's arguments have been flawed all along.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Legal challenge over incinerator plan

A veteran activist has lodged a legal challenge over the government's plan to build a HK$14.96 billion waste incinerator on an island west of Cheung Chau.

Ho Loy, who previously protested against the demolition of the Star Ferry and Queen's piers, filed an application for judicial review with the High Court on Monday.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Waste incinerator is inevitable, says Edward Yau

A plan to build a HK$15 billion waste incinerator may be unpopular, but the next chief executive will see it is necessary, the environment chief said yesterday.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Costly incinerator will be a waste of money

The Environment Bureau recently unveiled the capital cost for the incinerator it plans to build close to Shek Kwu Chau - almost HK$15billion. Is it worth spending that much for a big burner to destroy our 'waste', which contains some 2,000 tonnes of paper, over 1,900 tonnes of plastic and about 3,200 tonnes of food waste a day that could yet be recycled?

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am