Industrial Ecology

Simple way to cut back on supermarket waste

While green groups and your editorials have focused on the dumping by supermarkets of edible fruit and vegetables and on campaigns to have these items consigned to charities for distribution, I find no mention of an easily implemented measure to reduce supermarket waste.

Tuesday, 21 August, 2012, 7:22am

No accounting for waste

Banker and charity worker Celene Loo leads me to Novotel Hong Kong Century's coffee shop kitchen. There, we bag up a full tray of chef Lui Tak-cheong's leftover croissants, Danish pastries and pain au chocolat. 'A bit less than usual today,' Lui says with a shrug. 'The restaurant was quite busy this morning.'

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

EPD's failures are a reflection of government inertia on a wider scale

I wholeheartedly agree with R. E. J. Bunker ('Job No 1 for Leung: replace Yau', April 27) that the name of the Environmental Protection Department is inappropriate.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

No end to our wicked, wasteful ways

Despite greater awareness of issues such as global warming and rapidly depleting natural resources, few Hong Kong households are motivated enough to make changes to their lifestyle.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Green light for companies

When it comes to protecting the environment, Friends of the Earth (HK) believes everyone should play a part, no matter how small. It came up with the Earth Partner programme in 2005 to encourage corporations to devote serious efforts to bringing about environmental changes. Since then, the programme has been launched annually on April 22 to coincide with Earth Day.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

LESS is more

One way to save electricity at home is to decide what you want from the refrigerator before opening the door. A better way is to use an energy efficient fridge.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Recipe: Crush two glass bottles into fine splinters. Mix with 0.9kg of coal ash and construction waste and 1.04kg of cement. Put the mixture under intense pressure in a brick-making machine for 25 seconds.

Follow the instructions and you won't have a tasty party cake but a 2.6kg 'eco-glass' brick that can be used to pave roads.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Should Hong Kong impose a rubbish tax?

Matthew Murchie, 17, St Joseph's College

Hong Kong generates millions of tonnes of rubbish each year, and produces more waste per person than any other economy. Moreover, we are rapidly running out of space to dump all the rubbish. It is forecast that by 2015, all our landfills will be full.

23 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Diners support plan to cut food waste by 15pc

More than 100 corporations and government departments are joining a campaign to reduce food waste by cutting two courses from their Lunar New Year banquets.

Campaign organiser Friends of the Earth said having two fewer courses at banquets would cut food waste by 15 per cent. It is urged people to bring food boxes to banquets and take home any leftovers.

28 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Recycling scheme flying high

As part of a wide-ranging environmental policy, Cathay Pacific is making a concerted effort to implement recycling initiatives in all areas of its business. This includes ground, in-flight and catering operations, and it is already proving that apparently small changes in day-to-day practice can lead to significant results and win whole-hearted support from staff.

22 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

We can learn from Taipei's extensive recycling initiatives

I am increasingly disturbed by the government's recycling adverts. They leave me feeling morally dishonest as I fail to locate any recycling bins in defined perimeters to deposit my empty Starbucks coffee cup.

Why are we encouraged to recycle and yet we frequently cannot find any public recycling bins within sight?

30 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

How mission impossible became reality

During the 10 years since the Green Council was established, the non-governmental organisation (NGO) has made significant achievements in providing environmental education and training, and encouraging companies to adopt green management concepts and practices.

10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Food waste from HK businesses shoots up

The food waste generated by businesses in Hong Kong has almost tripled in the past eight years while that of households is falling.

27 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In a story headlined 'Clean burning bio-diesel source under our noses' published on February 20, it was wrongly reported that Dynamic Progress International operates a bio-diesel plant in the government-built waste recycling EcoPark in Tuen Mun. The plant is not inside the EcoPark.

5 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Restaurants join campaign to cut scraps

More than 220 restaurants have joined the Greeners Action campaign to reduce kitchen waste from March 3. They will offer their customers the option of reducing meal portions by a third on Wednesdays in return for a HK$1 discount. Greeners hopes the campaign will help save some 300 tonnes of waste a day, or a tenth of the city's total kitchen waste.

22 Feb 2010 - 12:00am