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Waste Minimisation

Simple way to cut back on supermarket waste

While green groups and your editorials have focused on the dumping by supermarkets of edible fruit and vegetables and on campaigns to have these items consigned to charities for distribution, I find no mention of an easily implemented measure to reduce supermarket waste.

Tuesday, 21 August, 2012, 7:22am

No accounting for waste

Banker and charity worker Celene Loo leads me to Novotel Hong Kong Century's coffee shop kitchen. There, we bag up a full tray of chef Lui Tak-cheong's leftover croissants, Danish pastries and pain au chocolat. 'A bit less than usual today,' Lui says with a shrug. 'The restaurant was quite busy this morning.'

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

1,000 call on stores to donate waste food

More than 1,000 people have signed a Friends of the Earth petition demanding the city's major supermarket chains change their policies on food waste.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Eco Park falls short of recycling, jobs targets

The HK$319 million government-funded Eco Park for the recycling industry has failed to live up to expectations, with its commercial tenants falling far short of targets for creating jobs and handling waste.

One tenant has ceased operating and is mulling withdrawing from the venture, while others are banking on a policy change under the new government.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Plastic bags still biggest beach menace

Results from this year's International Coastal Cleanup are in, and plastic bags top the list of the most commonly found rubbish on the beach.

Some 12.5 per cent of the 61,160 pieces of garbage collected were plastic bags, up from last year's count of 9.32 per cent. This is despite the government's continuing efforts to reduce use through its plastic bag levy.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Restaurants join campaign to cut scraps

More than 220 restaurants have joined the Greeners Action campaign to reduce kitchen waste from March 3. They will offer their customers the option of reducing meal portions by a third on Wednesdays in return for a HK$1 discount. Greeners hopes the campaign will help save some 300 tonnes of waste a day, or a tenth of the city's total kitchen waste.

22 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Relocation leads to cleaner manufacturing processes

Any prize is noteworthy at the Hong Kong Awards for Industries, but Kingdom Fine Metal must be especially pleased to take home this year's trophy for Environmental Performance.

19 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Does HK's waste disposal policy export problems to mainland?

On a recent visit to the landfill at Tseung Kwan O, an Environmental Protection Department officer gave a talk on the government's waste management strategy, explaining that their aim was to reduce waste going to landfill by 80 per cent as available space at the three strategic landfills declines.

This is a good goal and one that I support.

24 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Green party queen

For Tracey Read, director of Little Miss Green the Party Queen, it all started in November 2007 when she dumped two bags full of rubbish in the bin after her son's third birthday party. 'I felt really bad that we had produced so much waste after such a short happy event,' she said.

30 May 2009 - 12:00am

Magnificent five strike gold

Five companies bagged the coveted Gold Sectoral Awards at the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) event because of their well-developed environmental management systems.

15 Apr 2009 - 12:00am


Begging problem should be solved

In an international city like Hong Kong, I find it shocking that there are so many beggars. What's even more upsetting is that so many of the beggars are disabled and/or elderly.

18 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Vending machine 'eggs' wasteful, says YWCA

The YWCA yesterday urged young people to reduce waste by not buying surprise toy 'eggs' from vending machines, after a survey found that over 1,200 of 2,540 youngsters routinely bought them. Half of the buyers said they threw away the oval plastic containers, while 20 per cent even threw out the toys inside. No shop recycled the waste, the YWCA said.

9 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

320 schools back green Christmas

Nearly 200,000 students from 320 schools are taking part in a green Christmas scheme organised by Green Sense this year, up from 200 last year. The scheme, in its third year, aims to teach children to reduce waste by implementing several measures, including reusing food containers, avoiding disposable tableware, making decorations from used cardboard and not preparing too much food.

20 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Department criticised over booking of sports facilities

27 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Eco-friendly practices place 'company on top'

In this age of carbon footprints and sustainability, consumers are paying attention to the business practices of the companies they choose to give their money to.

Boutique serviced apartment providers are also making their contribution to green efforts, with one operator proclaiming itself the leader of the pack.

16 Jul 2008 - 12:00am