A 20-hectare waste recovery park in Tuen Mun and a $100 million fund for recycling projects were announced by the Government yesterday. Waste recovery operators and green groups welcomed the plans - which tackle increasing domestic rubbish levels and shrinking landfill space - but doubted if the moves were practical. The Government has placed greater emphasis on domestic waste since reviewing the waste reduction framework formulated in 1998. Seven measures were proposed yesterday, including funding, land provision, expansion of waste separation facilities and encouraging responsibility. Officials said they hoped that by 2007, 40 per cent of municipal solid waste from households and commercial enterprises would be recovered and recycled. Only 34 per cent is recovered at the moment. Pending legislative approval, $100 million will be injected into the Environment and Conservation Fund for waste prevention and recovery programmes. The Secretary for Environment and Food, Lily Yam Kwan Pui-ying, said there would be 'no limitation on applications'. Mrs Yam said the waste recovery industry had the potential to grow by 30 per cent, creating many jobs. In addition to the fund, the Government will seek approval from the Town Planning Board to turn the 20-hectare site in Tuen Mun into a 'Recovery Park' to accommodate waste recovery operators by 2004. The park would have a pier designed for the export of recovered waste. Mrs Yam said they still were calculating the cost of providing land and associated infrastructure. 'We have yet to draw up a detailed plan of managing the park, but definitely we will address the problems currently found in short-term land leases for operators,' she said. Mrs Yam said the Government would not directly subsidise waste recovery, to ensure business did not lose its competitive edge. Two waste recovery operators' associations expressed concern that the proposed recovery park was too remote and operating costs would be forced up. 'It is useless having a park there if I am based in Chai Wan. The transport costs would be a deterrent for me to move there,' chairman of the Hong Kong General Association of Recycling Business Leung Pui-lun said. Mr Leung said sites were needed in several districts. Vice-chairman of the Recycled Materials and Re-production Business General Association Lau Yiu-shing feared some operators would be eliminated if the park was operated by big business. Last year the SAR disposed of 3.4 million tonnes of waste in landfills. About eight per cent of domestic waste is recycled, well below the rate of 34 per cent for municipal solid waste. The Government has warned that landfills will be full in 10 to 15 years if no action is taken.