Keeping HK clean

When your bus crosses the bridge over the Shing Mun River, it is hard not to notice the giant cylinders below. These are the facilities of the Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Plant.

Friday, 13 April, 2012, 12:00am

Blind insistence on reclamation ignores other land options preferred by public

Any hope that our administration had learned from the revelations made during the farcical chief executive election were quashed by the sponsored feature ('6 pronged approach to land supply', March 29). This focused on one prong only, reclamation.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

New land formed by reclamation offers resettlement option for residents

I refer to the editorial ('There's enough land already available', February 23), and the article ('Harbour 'cheaper route to gain land'', February 20).

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Lamma Island prepares to clean up its act

Lamma Island's primitive septic tanks will soon be flushed away by a modern centralised sewage system the government says will improve hygiene and the marine ecology.

The HK$420 million Drainage Services Department project is expected to benefit 5,000 island residents. Construction started in 2010 and the first stage of the system is expected to come into use next year.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The bottom line in world summits

This is a WTO meeting where you won't find angry protesters waging street battles with burly police officers in tactical gear. The three-day 12th World Toilet Summit kicked off yesterday. Anger and anxiety usually mark global summits these days, but here, everyone seems relieved and relaxed.

23 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Toilets are more important than phones

I think the article 'Phones for all but few toilets' (South China Morning Post, November 1) is very interesting. The headline is ironic.

To most people, a toilet is a necessity, but it is not so in India. In the Mumbai slum of Rafiq Nagar, there's not a single toilet for its 10,000 people. But nearly every family in the slum has a cell phone. Some have three.

15 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Cross-harbour swim revival can't be rushed

Imagine the worth to Hong Kong of a video showing competitors in a cross-harbour swimming competition. Within a few frames, thoughts of Hong Kong being a place that cared little for its environment would be banished. In their place would be respect for our policies and, perhaps, a desire to holiday or perhaps live or work in our city.

10 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Going green

An assistant director of the Drainage Services Department checks the growth of vegetation planted on a wall at the Sha Tin sewage treatment plant yesterday, part of an experiment evaluating the ability of vertical greening, or green walls, to ease the heat island effect.

9 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Big stink as Pearl River Delta battles a rising tide of sewage

Officials in the heavily polluted Pearl River Delta are waging war on sewage sludge swamping the region. Winning the war, however, might be difficult.

It's well known that Guangdong has a big problem. Foul-smelling landfills are filling up and waste incinerators are being planned close to residential areas, sparking protests about health concerns.

30 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Anti-pollution rule costly for fabric maker

Pacific Textiles Holdings is fighting an uphill battle against a tough mainland environmental rule that allows factories to expand production capacity only if it does not increase pollutants.

17 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

Tsang seeks regional co-operation to bolster financial institutions

17 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Plant's waste management plan would cost less than incinerator

I refer to the report ('Sewage could be energy source, scientist says', September 28).

5 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Government snubbing efforts by company to utilise solid waste

In the article ('Nurturing growth', June 22), Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen talked about 'changing the relationship between government, business and the market'. This certainly seems to be the time to adjust the balance between these relationships.

7 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Initial go-ahead for incinerator

A controversial plan to build a sludge incinerator in Tuen Mun has been given the initial go-ahead by legislators, despite an alternative proposal by a Li Ka-shing-controlled firm that could cost only 20 per cent as much.

Green Island Cement, a unit of Cheung Kong Infrastructure, which put forward the alternative HK$950 million plan, expressed regret.

26 May 2009 - 12:00am

'Water palaces' in Kashmir shut as health hazard

The living room of Ramzan Mirza's houseboat, moored on Kashmir's famous Dal Lake, is a delight - the walnut writing bureau, embroidered rugs, papier mache lamps and chintz sofas embody the best of Kashmiri craftsmanship.

18 Mar 2009 - 12:00am