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Back on dump sites as waste fails to add up

The Environment Bureau has been forced to go back on estimates of when saturation points are reached at three controversial dump sites.

Planners said a while back that capacity at Tseung Kwan O would be reached this year, Ta Kwu Ling in 2017 and Tuen Mun in 2019.

Acting Secretary for the Environment Christine Loh Kung- wai told a Legislative Council Public Accounts Committee meeting yesterday the bureau will re- estimate when the sites will be full.

That was after questioning by Civic Party legislator Alan Leong Kah-kit, who said: “We have completely lost confidence after the audit report. Is it necessary for the government to review the resources allocation because the [estimates] were wrong?”

The auditor had found solid waste quantities and waste- recovery rates were overestimated.

Loh said the bureau “can re- estimate the deadlines” for when the three sites will be full, acknowledging “a gap” between audit findings and those of the bureau.

Committee chairman Abraham Shek Lai-him asked if resources were being used appropriately.

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