Piles of waste paper sit in Tsuen Wan, organised for shipment to processing plants or landfills. Hong Kong is grappling with a recycling problem, brought on by changing mainland policies, limited resources and competition. Photo: Sam Tsang

Does Hong Kong face another ‘paper jam’ environmental crisis as recycling woes return?

  • Low rates for collectors may mean they abandon their jobs, as streets pile up again with discarded cardboard
  • Major plant in mainland China has announced it will cut what it pays to exporters
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Piles of waste paper sit in Tsuen Wan, organised for shipment to processing plants or landfills. Hong Kong is grappling with a recycling problem, brought on by changing mainland policies, limited resources and competition. Photo: Sam Tsang
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Piles of waste paper sit at the Public Cargo Working Area on Wing Shun Street in Tsuen Wan. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong braces for cardboard pile-ups as recycling price falls in response to a major factory slashing payments and US-China trade war

  • Recycling industry warns of plan by huge paper plant on mainland to offer HK$600 per tonne to city exporters, a drop of 45% on December
  • Price crash risks putting companies and street workers out of business, as well as causing chaos on streets with mounting waste
Topic |   Hong Kong environmental issues

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Piles of waste paper sit at the Public Cargo Working Area on Wing Shun Street in Tsuen Wan. Photo: Sam Tsang
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