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Civic Party opposes landfill plan

Civic Party opposes landfill plan



Civic Party legislator Kwok Ka-ki

Civic Party protest. Photo: Timmy Sung.

The Civic Party has urged the government to withdraw its funding request to the Finance Committee on Friday to expand the landfill at Tuen Mun. The call came as opposition mounts against the plan.

Civic Party lawmaker, Kwok Ka-ki, said the Chief Executive, C Y Leung, should honour his election pledge to reduce waste at source, rather than expanding the landfill. He accused Mr Leung of making empty promises.

Landfill feasibility study important: CE


Waste row escalating. File photo.

The Chief Executive, C Y Leung, has stressed the importance of a feasibility study on expanding the Tuen Mun landfill.

Mr Leung was speaking as opposition to the planned move grows. He said that reducing waste at source would not eliminate the need for landfills.

He also pledged that consultations would continue at a community level, even if the expansion is approved. The government will seek funding from Legco’s finance committee on Friday for the enlargement of both the Tuen Mun and Ta Kwu Ling landfills.

The Undersecretary for the Environment, Christine Loh, said officials would be speaking to lawmakers and Tuen Mun residents ahead of the meeting.

Growing opposition to landfill plan


Waste row. File photo.

The government’s controversial plan to expand the Tuen Mun landfill is in danger of being vetoed amid rising opposition.

The chairman of the rural advisory body, the Heung Yee Kuk, is seeking to block the proposal. Lau Wong-fat says he’ll attempt to persuade fellow legislators to vote against it.

The pro-establishment Federation of Trade Unions and the Liberal Party also oppose the move. The government is set to seek approval for the expansion from Legco’s finance committee on Friday.

Legco landfill indecision criticised


League of Social Democrats lawmaker, Leung Kwok-hung, has criticised other legislators who’ve not made their positions clear on plans to expand the landfills at Tuen Mun and Ta Kwu Ling. The government is due to seek funding for the work from the Finance Committee on Friday. Mr Leung said that lawmakers who remained undecided over the issue left him with no choice but to filibuster to delay the funding applications

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