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EPD explains the depth of local HK recycling =98.6 tonnes per day

“Waste reduction and recycling are very important elements of the local waste management framework. They help both to conserve natural resources and to reduce demand for valuable landfill space.

Through the existing waste recovery system, about 3.60 million tonnes of municipal solid waste were recovered in Hong Kong in 2010. Of that total, 1% was recycled locally and 99% was exported to the Mainland and other countries for recycling, with an export earning of HK$8.6 billion for Hong Kong.”

To dispel the miraculous ‘52% of recovery rate’ of Hong Kong, see this:

What big lies (economical with the truth) Elvis AU has said about how the EPD calculate/measure their recovery rate during the RTHK interview when we are talking about local recycling?

Control on Import and Export of Waste


Waste Trade Statistics

Over the last decade, the transboundary movements of waste in Hong Kong have increased significantly, largely as a result of international trading of waste for recycling purposes. More than 12 million tonnes per annum of waste materials were moving into and out of the territory in the last few years. The majority of these waste materials were recyclable non-hazardous wastes such as plastic waste, metal waste and scrap paper destined for recycling in Hong Kong or the nearby region. The substantial volume of waste import, export and re-export activities are driven mainly by the growing manufacturing and industrial activities in the Southern China in the past years and their increased demand for recovered scrap materials as secondary and inexpensive raw materials.

USA, Japan, and other regions in the Southern China are the major waste trade partners of Hong Kong. In general, waste is shipped from developed countries such as the USA, Japan, and the United Kingdom through Hong Kong into the Southern China.

Image of Waste Flow with Major Waste Trade Partners

Chart of Hong Kong Waste Import and Export Figures (2006-2010)

Chart of Hong Kong Waste Import and Export Figures (2006-2010)

Chart of Hong Kong Waste Import and Export Figures (2006-2010)

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