Waste Container

Waste disposal levy needs adjusting

I agree with Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau Tang-wah's proposed levy on waste.

Thursday, 26 January, 2012, 12:00am

Rubbish fee under review

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


Give the gift of true warmth this season

As the weather turns colder, we should think about whether the poor have enough clothes to stay warm.

Every season, people spend thousands of dollars on the latest fashion, without thinking that they already have a lot of clothes in their wardrobe. They throw away the ones that are 'old-fashioned'. What a waste.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The shame lines on our beaches

Hong Kong is blessed with fine beaches, most just a short bus or ferry ride (and sometimes also a short walk) away. They are places to relax, swim and reflect, but they are also a reminder of how little regard we have for our surroundings. They can be left pockmarked with rubbish after a busy weekend, and more refuse is left lining the shore with each day's tides.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Recycling bins at MTR stations raise doubts

For the first time in its 32-year history, the MTR has installed recycling bins for paper, plastic and metals in all of its stations, but critics say the bins are likely to have a limited impact without a government-imposed waste charge and greater public awareness.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Recyling should become part of our daily lives

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has introduced new recycling laws to upgrade the rules put in place more than 20 years ago. Under the new rules, a much wider range of plastic containers will be recycled, including everything from yogurt containers to flower pots and medicine bottles.

20 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Woman takes tumble down slope

A 69-year-old woman suffered head and arm injuries when she fell down a slope while exercising on Chui Chuk Street, Wong Tai Sin. She was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a stable condition.

Four attacked with bottles

6 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Keep our waters clean

I always take a stroll along Lei King Wan, which is in my neighbourhood. Over the past month, a lot of garbage has been dumped in the water, destroying its beauty. One Sunday, I saw a party on a ship. Rubbish ranging from plastic bottles and paper plates to leftover food was continuously thrown into the water as the ship was moving.

7 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

All at sea over trash

As a sailor, almost nothing is as depressing as seeing pollution in the wide blue ocean.

It's not unusual when we're thousands of kilometres from land and have not seen a ship, plane or person in weeks, to see plastic rubbish floating by. The waste includes bags, old flip flops, diapers, broken pails, combs and styrofoam boxes.

25 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Professor touts ideas to cut waste

It is about time Lunar New Year fair stallholders and their customers spared a thought for the environment, a scientist says. He is urging the use of recyclable materials to build stalls and steps to reduce the amount of rubbish the fairs generate.

30 Oct 2009 - 12:00am


Don't copy other people's homework

Copying other people's homework is naive. The purpose of homework is to improve your skills and revise what you learned in class.

If you don't spend time doing your homework yourself, you'll forget what you were taught.

The mistakes in your homework will show your teacher where you need help.

16 Apr 2009 - 12:00am


Small steps towards making a change

I recently came across a survey that found Hongkongers don't want to change their ways to improve the environment. They would rather pay for it.

13 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Bags with heart

Every day, tens of thousands of plastic bags are thrown out in the Indian capital, New Delhi. They are moved from waste dump to waste dump, only to end up in an even bigger dump.

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Plastic bag tax just first step in waste disposal

The government clearly wants to reduce the number of plastic shopping bags being disposed of in our rapidly filling landfills. Less than 31/2 months after it opened consultation on a proposed tax of 50 HK cents per bag, it has swept aside objections and announced that the plan will go ahead.

4 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Street smart

FLIPPING THROUGH a magazine and enjoying a welcome breeze under a sunshade, Landy Tse feels her mood lift. The nurse says she's delighted to have a 'secluded paradise' away from the hustle and bustle of Wan Chai.

27 Jun 2006 - 12:00am