Resistance to Tseung Kwan O landfill

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 July, 2007, 12:00am

Nine in 10 Tseung Kwan O residents are opposed to a decision that extends the landfill to a nearby country park, a survey has found.

The Green Community polled more than 400 district residents to gauge their opinions on the Tseung Kwan O landfill and a recent Country and Marine Parks Board decision for its extension that will encroach by five hectares into Clear Water Bay Country Park.

Poll results show that 80 per cent of the respondents feared the expansion would dampen property prices in the area, while more than half said the unpleasant odour and the noise from the 3,600 heavy trucks that go in and out of the landfill every day has been affecting their daily lives.

The Tseung Kwan O landfill - which gobbles up an average of 8,202 tonnes of rubbish a day - is expected to reach capacity within six years.

But Green Community said expanding the landfill only provided a temporary cure without addressing the root of the problem.

'The government should control waste production and work harder to promote waste recycling,' the group's general secretary, Cheung Kwok-keung, said.

Democratic Party environmental affairs spokesman Fan Kwok-wai said the proposal discriminated against Tseung Kwan O residents, who suffered from having the landfill nearby.

The board had said the move was necessary to deal with the city-wide waste problem.

Seven group members wearing masks marched from the HSBC Building to the Central Government Offices at 11am yesterday, to reflect Tseung Kwan O residents' anger.

Mr Cheung said a target set by the government to raise the recycling rate of domestic waste from 20 per cent this year to 26 per cent in 2012 was too low. He believed the level should be at least 30 per cent by then.