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New rules stop plastic waste recycling

09-07-2013

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DAB legislator Elizabeth Quat spoke to Timmy Sung

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Hong Kong recycling firms are stuck with at least 10,000 tonnes of plastic waste because they can’t meet new processing regulations imposed by the mainland in February.

The Federation of Hong Kong Recycle said there are no facilities locally for cleaning and processing the waste properly, making it impossible to sell.

It says the industry is losing up to HK$300,000 a month, and all the waste in recycling centres across the territory could end in landfills if government can’t come up with a solution.

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