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May 20th, 2013:

Gov’t unveils waste plan

May 20, 2013

The Government today unveiled a comprehensive 10-year management plan to tackle Hong Kong’s waste crisis.
The Hong Kong: Blueprint for Sustainable Use of Resources 2013-2022 analyses the challenges and opportunities for waste management in Hong Kong, and maps out strategies, targets, policies and action plans.
Speaking at a press conference, Secretary for the Environment KS Wong said the plan will reduce the per capita municipal solid waste disposal rate by 40% to 0.8kg by 2022.
The rate was 1.27kg per day in 2011, and the target for 2017 is 1kg.
“This is an ambitious target but it is also practical. The key to success lies in motivation.”
Mr Wong said a joint effort by the entire community will be needed to embrace an environmentally sustainable culture and waste less of the Earth’s resources.
The blueprint proposes policies and actions in three areas.
Policy and legislation, including municipal solid waste charges and producer responsibility schemes, aim to drive behavioural change to reduce waste at source.
Territory-wide campaigns, such as the Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign launched last Saturday, will discourage food waste and encourage recycling.
Lastly, waste-related infrastructure, including organic waste treatment facilities, waste-to-energy integrated waste management facilities and landfill extensions, will be enhanced.
The blueprint also aims for a more balanced structure for waste management, as opposed to the current practice of relying solely on landfills.
“We will encourage the public to reuse and recycle. Unavoidable waste will be turned into energy by modern technology while disposal at landfills will be the last resort,” Mr Wong said.
The Government expects that by 2022, waste recycling, modern incineration and landfill disposal in Hong Kong will account for 55%, 23% and 22% of waste management respectively, more closely matching the allocation structure widely adopted in advanced economies, he said.

Click here for the blueprint.

Download PDF : WastePlan-E

RTHK English News

Waste management blueprint unveiled



Maggie Ho reports

The Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing. RTHK file photo.

The government has rolled out a blueprint on waste management, with a target of reducing solid waste by 40 percent in ten years’ time.

But the action plan includes the construction of a major incinerator on the outlying island of Shek Kwu Chau.

An incinerator proposal has been challenged in the court and a ruling has yet to be made. Nonetheless the proposal is included in the government’s 10-year waste-reduction plan.

The Secretary for the Environment, Wong Kam-sing, who unveiled the blueprint, said there’s no plan-B if the government eventually loses the case.

Other measures announced by the government include a possible a waste-charging scheme.

There are also plans to expand three existing landfills as well as increasing the scale of food waste recycling.