More than 200 firefighters fought a major blaze at a recycling plant in Britain yesterday after a Chinese lantern set 100,000 tonnes of paper and plastic alight. Ten firefighters suffered minor injuries as they battled the fire at the plant in Smethwick, just outside Birmingham in central England, the local fire department said. The blaze sent a massive plume of smoke rising 1,800 metres into the sky which could be seen for miles around.Tuesday, 2 July, 2013, 2:53am
Green groups criticised police for wasting tonnes of water to fill plastic barriers during Hu Jintao's visit to Hong Kong:
Cindy Cheung - Why am I not surprised? The Hong Kong government hardly ever sets a good example of conservation.11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
Some advocates of recycling have called for more recycling bins.
I believe that boosting the number of these bins will only partially solve the waste problem in Hong Kong.27 May 2012 - 12:00am
Since the inception of the Earth Partner programme in 2005, 151 organisations from different sectors have pledged to protect the environment and bring about environmental change.
Friends of the Earth (HK) believes this strong commitment by its Earth Partners has provided extra impetus to finding solutions to environmental problems.20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
Hong Kong people love to be up to date with electronic gadgets, but this in turn creates a huge amount of electronic waste. Many people buy several gadgets a year and throw away the old ones without too much thought, making e-waste a bigger threat than ever to the environment.7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
An industrial park setting for the recycling of waste material was certainly a good idea when authorities laid it out eight years ago and, now that the Eco Park is developed, it remains a worthy part of Hong Kong's garbage strategy.1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
Use your head, not electronic devices
I think students are relying too much on calculators. When I went to primary school we had to work out the answers to maths problems using our brains. But now, at secondary school, we can use calculators. I admit it is sometimes necessary for very difficult calculations, but some students use them even for simple additions.27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
The public will get to weigh in on a planned fee for rubbish disposal, when a consultation paper comes out for review this week.
In the paper, the government will explain how the fee for collecting and getting rid of rubbish would work. It is the latest plan to try to get residents to reduce waste. How much will be charged is uncertain.10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
When you buy a new computer or mobile phone and decide to get rid of the old one, have you ever wondered what happens to it? If you sell it to someone collecting old phones on the street, it will probably be resold to a shop or another person, who will resell it to someone else.14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
According to Hong Kong's government, more than 70,000 tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment waste (known as WEEE) is generated in the city each year.
Its volume has been increasing at an annual rate of 2 per cent.13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
I refer to the letter by Samson Lai of the Environmental Protection Department ('Massive reduction of plastic shopping bags ending up in our landfills', September 12).26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
Potentially dangerous electronic waste is being exported to the mainland by operators of waste dumps in the New Territories just months after Beijing implemented a ban.
The mainland's law was passed in 2008 but it has taken several years to implement. Despite the delay, the Hong Kong government has yet to figure out a sustainable approach to managing its own electronic waste.17 May 2011 - 12:00am
The EPD will not reveal the exact location of the 120 open-air storage sites for e-waste products in the New Territories. But it says none has broken any law.
A department spokesman said the sites were mainly in rural areas of North District and Yuen Long, including Ta Kwu Leng, Hung Lung Hang and Ha Tsuen.17 May 2011 - 12:00am
Potentially hazardous electronic waste is being exported to the mainland by operators of waste dumps in the New Territories just months after Beijing implemented a ban.
The mainland's law was passed in 2008 but it has taken several years to implement. Despite the delay, the Hong Kong government has yet to figure out a sustainable approach to managing its own electronic waste.8 May 2011 - 12:00am
Arts can bring new life to Hong Kong
Hong Kong has been a leading financial centre in Asia for decades. But recent surveys have shown that our position is now under threat as more and more multi-national companies want to establish their headquarters in Shanghai or Singapore.19 Apr 2011 - 12:00am