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Heading down a cul de sac – HKG’s flawed blueprint

Hong Kong has an overall population of 7.1 million

ENB claims :

‘ Large ‘waste load’

‘We have a large ‘waste load’. Over the years, Hong Kong people have become more, not less, wasteful. In the past 30 years, our MSW

increased by nearly 80% while our population grew by 36% and our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased two fold. Tellingly, the daily

per capita MSW rate rose from 0.97 kg to 1.27kg, so not only were there more of us throwing away waste, but we were each throwing away 30%

more.’

However where was the ENB’s consideration of what our tourism industry is doing to increase those waste figures ?

http://www.tourism.gov.hk/english/statistics/statistics_perform.html

‘Tourism Performance in 2012 In 2012, Hong Kong received a record-high of 48.6 million visitors from around the world, a remarkable increase of 16.0% over 2011. In 2012, Mainland China continued to be our largest visitor source market with 34.9 million arrivals (+24.2%), accounting for 71.8% of our total arrivals. Amongst all Mainland arrivals, 19.8 million (56.7%) were same-day visitors, up by 36.6% year-on-year. 23.1 million (66.3%) Mainland visitors came to Hong Kong under the Individual Visit Scheme (IVS), up by 26.2% over 2011’

‘Average length of stay of overnight visitors 3.5 nights’ (23,770,195 arrivals were overnight visitors hence inflating the actual total number of visitors in Hong Kong by 23,770,195 x 2.5= 59,425,487 additional visitor nights above the 48.6m arrivals)

Food waste is 44% 0f daily waste (MSW) (whereas over 20,000 tpd of construction waste is generated.)

With so much local and tourism generated food waste, why do we not have a massive bio digester instead ? sell the compost to China

http://www.enb.gov.hk/en/files/WastePlan-E.pdf

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