Hong Kong's very real plastic problem

Over 150 volunteers from the Hong Kong based NGO, Ecovision moved 217 full bags of plastic, plastic pellets and assorted marine trash off Big Wave Bay beach last year. Photo: EPA

We consume plastic like it's an infinite resource but it's not. Our everyday lives are covered in plastic - our foods, drinks, medicine, cars, clothes, furniture; the list is long, and growing.

Tuesday, 18 June, 2013, 2:44pm

Hong Kong can be recycling world leader

Empty bottles were abandoned outside a bar in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong. The Government earlier this year announced a new levy on glass bottles as parts of a recycling scheme. Photo: Jonathan Wong

I agree with the sentiments expressed in your leader ("Time to stop talking rubbish", May 30) that serious action on Hong Kong's waste problem is long overdue. However, I must point out that the Environmental Protection Department's "blueprint" for doing so is far from convincing.

7 Jun 2013 - 1:12am 1 comment

Does Hong Kong have a plastic problem? Experts meet to discuss solutions

Life's a beach? Ocean Recovery Alliance founder Doug Woodring crouches before a mound of plastic debris on one of Hong Kong's southern beaches. Photo: AFP

Thursday morning will be kicked off as a day of pondering about plastics in Hong Kong with Asia Society’s second annual Plasticity Forum.

5 Jun 2013 - 7:22pm

Letters to the Editor, June 4, 2013

Rhino horns seized in Hong Kong. Photo: Dickson Lee

Very proud of collective memories

I was born and bred in Hong Kong and, like most people living all over the world, I have great affection for my home, its people and culture.

I do not see it as wrong to defend our culture, history and heritage and, as Hong Kong was governed as a British colony, that would inevitably include those built and nurtured under colonial rule.

4 Jun 2013 - 1:58am 8 comments

Letters to the Editor, May 15, 2013

Hong Kong's landfills are nearing capacity. Photo: AFP

No truth in report of deal

Referring to your Lai See column entitled "Henry Tang buys historic property in Australia" (May 14), I want to clarify that there is not a shred of truth in the story.

It is totally incorrect to say that I have recently bought Lyndsay Park in Barossa Valley in South Australia. Any alleged claims in the story are wrong.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am

New plastic bottle claims to cut carbon footprint

Bonaqua's new "sugarcane" plastic bottles. Photo: Edward Wong

The new bottles are made using sugarcane grown in Brazilian plantations and the material replaces one of the two key components of plastics, which are derived from crude oil.

7 May 2013 - 5:05am

Dealing with Hong Kong's food waste

Food is sorted and placed into a machine that makes compost. Photos: Warton Li, May Tse

It's telling that when a district scheme to recycle food waste succeeds beyond expectations, the organisers still struggle with excess.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:13am

Letters to the Editor, March 31, 2013

Nothing wrong with wearing fur coats. Photo: SCMP

A study by the University of Hong Kong has revealed how serious a problem light pollution has become in Hong Kong. The worst reading taken by the survey team at the Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui was "1,200 times the International Astronomical Union standard".

31 Mar 2013 - 2:08am 5 comments

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.

17 Mar 2013 - 5:39am

Letters to the Editor, March 3, 2013

The old Legco building before Earth Hour. Photo: Felix Wong

I was interested to read Dr Robert Hanson's letter ("'Green' light bulbs really a health hazard", February 22), replying to my letter ("Offer rewards for light-bulb recycling", February 17). However, I would like some references to back up the claims he made.

3 Mar 2013 - 3:32am 3 comments

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

Letters to the Editor, February 17, 2013

HK$1 deposit for fluorescent lamps. Photo: SMP

The Environmental Protection Department's fluorescent lamp recycling programme provides public collection points for old fluorescent bulbs, although the container does not cater to longer tubes that some households, like my own, use.

17 Feb 2013 - 1:59am

Letters to the Editor, February 6, 2013

Get cars out of Des Voeux Road Central. Photo: Bloomberg

Pedestrianise Des Voeux Road Central

One thing that is certain regarding the new administration is that it is serious about tackling environmental problems that have been around for years.

6 Feb 2013 - 1:38am 4 comments

Letters to the Editor, February 2, 2013

The city's landfills are nearing capacity. Photo: Sam Tsang

Set timetable for schools funding plan

Some people were disap- pointed that, in his maiden policy address last month, there was no concrete plan by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to implement the 15 years' free education pledged during his election campaign ("Hope for free education gives way to frustration", January 26).

2 Feb 2013 - 2:04am 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