Waste Management

Letters to the Editor, June 2, 2013

Recycling industry needs to expand. Photo: Felix Wong

First of all, I would like to express my appreciation to the government for its courage and vision in finally coming up with plans to tackle waste. An aggressive target has been set - a 40 per cent reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfills by 2022.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 3:59am 3 comments

Legislators, residents protest against landfill expansion plan

Tseung Kwan O residents protest against the plan to extend a landfill site in the district on Saturday. Photo: May Tse

Legislators and residents on Monday raised objections to a landfill expansion plan in Tseung Kwan O and some urged the government to withdraw the proposal.

10 Jul 2013 - 8:45am

Hong Kong issues dire warning on landfills amid protests by residents

Tseung Kwan O residents protest against expanding the landfill.

Environment minister Wong Kam-sing said Hong Kong would be "surrounded by rubbish" if a HK$8.9 billion landfill expansion, planned since 2003, did not go ahead.

26 May 2013 - 3:55pm 2 comments

What kind of waste incinerator does Hong Kong need?

Incinerator opposition

The troubling question of what to do about Hong Kong's waste got a spirited airing at a public forum yesterday evening. There was a panel of five experts who were attending the "International Conference on Solid Waste 2013 - Innovation in Technology and Management". The conference was organised by the Sino-Forest Applied Research Centre for Pearl River Delta Environment, which is attached to Hong Kong Baptist University.

9 May 2013 - 4:39am 4 comments

European view of waste burners inspires local lawmakers

Kenneth Chan Ka-lok. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Overseas experts, in town for a solid waste conference, had an informal meeting with environment panel legislators to discuss Hong Kong's incineration plan, which is currently stalled by a legal challenge.

8 May 2013 - 5:54am

Is the new generation of incinerators really safe?

Stealing a Long March on the US

We were disturbed to come across a report that India's flagship incinerator in Delhi appears to be creating hazardous air quality conditions in the surrounding area.

3 May 2013 - 4:22am 3 comments

Tsing Yi toxic waste facility may be moved

The plant occupies a two-hectare Tsing Yi site. Photo: Edward Wong

The Environmental Protection Department plans to hire a consultant to look into the future of the facility. It will direct the consultant to study the incinerator's operation, and whether it needs to be downsized or relocated to other locations such as to a rock cavern or reclaimed land.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am 1 comment

Vested interests driving waste project

Artist's Impression of the Shek Kwu Chau Incinerator. Photo: SCMP

There were quick responses to R. E. J. Bunker's letter on marine accidents, which he believes would become more likely with barge traffic to and from the planned Shek Kwu Chau waste incinerator ("Incinerator will raise risk of collisions", April 11).

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am 1 comment

Marine collision fears unfounded

Traffic near Shek Kwu Chau has been assessed. Photo: Nora Tam

There will not be any exponential rise in barge movements or any significant increase in the risk of vessel collision due to the development of the integrated waste management facility on an artificial island near Shek Kwu Chau.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am

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

Greens burn up over 'dinosaur technology'

Indira Gandhi

The environmental group Clear The Air is maintaining the pressure on the government to abandon plans to build an incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau. The group's chairman, James Middleton, has sent a letter to the Legislative Council's environmental affairs panel urging it not to approve funding for what he terms "outdated dinosaur technology".

14 Feb 2013 - 4:53am 1 comment

Firm has cheaper waste option

Green Island Cement site in Tap Shek Kok. Photo: David Wong

I would add to the list of overpriced infrastructure projects the Shek Kwu Chau super-incinerator that the last government tried to push through, despite the public's objections to the location and the technology it was to use. According to the media, at an estimated cost of HK$15 billion, it would have been one of the world's most expensive incinerators.

14 Feb 2013 - 1:29am

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

Burning question on waste disposal

Chen Liwen at a waste incineration plant site in Chengdu. Getting waste disposal statistics from governments is an important part of her work. Photo: SMP

Chen Liwen is suing Guangzhou's Environmental Protection Bureau after it refused to fully disclose all the information she requested about the city's only waste incineration power plant. 

27 Jan 2013 - 5:33am

Hong Kong to spend HK$31b to solve waste crisis

Trucks at the South East New Territories Landfill at Tseung Kwan O - now further landfill expansion is being planned. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong will spend at least HK$31 billion on waste-handling infrastructure in the next seven years, it was revealed yesterday.

22 Jan 2013 - 8:40am 4 comments