Street cleaners send waste for recycling to landfills

People’s efforts to recycle are being wasted. Photo: Sam Tsang

Government-paid street sweepers have been caught emptying recycling bins and dumping their contents with general waste destined for landfills.

Sunday, 17 March, 2013, 5:39am

Letters to the Editor, February 28, 2013

Moving stories from the marathon. Photo: Sam Tsang

We would like to point out that the article "Smog in Pearl Delta 'worse than Beijing'" misrepresented how air pollution in the Pearl River Delta should be understood. For those of us who study air quality in the delta, the air pollution there is not worse than that in Beijing.

28 Feb 2013 - 3:37am 4 comments

Hong Kong cannot continue with its wasteful ways

Landfill in Tseung Kwan O. Hong Kong's three landfills will reach capacity in 2019. Photo: Sam Tsang

With our three landfills reaching capacity in 2019, the waste management strategies that successive governments have raised, but failed to implement, can no longer be ignored. Each is controversial, which is why the problem has been passed from one administration to the next. But Leung realises that time is running out and he has hard choices to make. Protracted argument and debate are no longer options.

28 Jan 2013 - 3:04am 1 comment

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

More urgency needed on growing waste problem

Despite endless studies on a better strategy to reduce municipal waste over the past decade, our city is nowhere near a consensus on the way forward. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Despite endless studies on a better strategy to reduce municipal waste over the past decade, our city is nowhere near a consensus on the way forward. Meanwhile, people seem unaware of their wasteful habits. Mountains of rubbish continue to be thrown out every day, and our landfills are fast reaching their capacity. However, there appears to have been some progress.

17 Dec 2012 - 3:57am

Waste disposal plans back on government's agenda

Undersecretary for the Environment Christine Loh discusses a landfill problem with Tseung Kwan O residents at Lohas Park Community Hall. Photo: Sam Tsang

Controversial waste disposal plans including landfill expansion look set to return to the city's agenda, even as residents call for the closure of the Tseung Kwan O rubbish facility.

Undersecretary for the environment Christine Loh Kung-wai yesterday described landfills as a problem left by the previous administration.

27 Oct 2012 - 2:55am

We can expand airport and also solve Hong Kong's landfill problems

There is little argument that one reason for Hong Kong's attractiveness as a major travel destination is the highly efficient international airport, with its comprehensive facilities and travel connections. Under the 2030 Master Plan the airport will be expanded.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Feathers ruffled but Singapore's eco-dump wins fans

A landfill is often a filthy and malodorous place, but in squeaky clean Singapore even its sole working landfill smells of roses - well, a fresh sea breeze to be more exact.

3 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Gritted teeth at charity check-up

RESIDENTS of Manila's notorious Smokey Mountain, who fought tooth and nail against eviction by the National Housing Authority and Philippine National Police last month, had their teeth and nails attended to free of charge by the Government yesterday.

20 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Fee delay may cause rubbish pile-ups

RUBBISH will be piling up in Hong Kong's streets by early next year if a controversial government scheme for charging landfill users is not implemented soon, a government official said.

28 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

$109m approved for landfill

LIBERAL legislators yesterday failed to block approval of $109 million to extend a landfill which they argued would not need the extra capacity if dumping was better controlled.

The funding was passed by 15 to 12 votes in the Finance Committee, with opposition from the United Democrats and Meeting Point.

12 Jun 1993 - 12:00am