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Position Paper: Super-Incinerator

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Do we want a waste Incinerator in the Islands?

The Government has published plans to build a super-incinerator as the centerpiece of their so-called “integrated” waste management strategy.

Based on a questionable Environmental Impact Assessment study, they have chosen a site adjoining Shek Kwu Chau island, which lies between Chi Ma Wan and Cheung Chau off South Lantau, in preference to an already degraded site next to an existing power station at Tsang Tsui Ash Lagoons.

LIM urges the Government to scrap this plan and introduce a genuinely integrated waste reduction, recycling and management strategy instead.

The Government’s reasoning

The government claims the Shek Kwu Chau site is to be preferred because:

  1. Shek Kwu Chau is far away from any population clusters.
  2. Visual impact will be “acceptable” to the low population of the island.
  3. Cheung Chau is not in the direction of the prevailing wind.
  4. Shek Kwu Chau’s location offers a more environmental and cost-effective transport of waste.

The Real Issues

However, a closer examination of the facts reveals:

  1. The Tsang Tsui Ash Lagoons site is in fact farther away from the next population cluster, Tuen Mun, with two large mountains in between.
  2. The government has not conducted any feasibility studies nor does it have any financial estimates to justify its cost-effectiveness claim.
  3. To build the super-incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau will take two years longer. Given the claimed urgency of the matter (the landfills will apparently be full before then) it makes no sense to prefer this location.
  4. The visual impact assessment is flawed. It ignores the views from Cheung Chau and South Lantau’s beaches and does not consider the view for visitors and travelers; nor does it consider the relative impact on the existing visual appeal of the two sites.

So why choose such an inappropriate site? Perhaps it is believed we would be a softer target than the well-represented urban population of Tuen Mun?

How you can help prove them wrong?

If you care about our environment and want to show your support for the LIM position on the super-incinerator, please contact us for the full details of the next steps proposed by LIM.  E-mail info@livingislands.org.hk

Living Islands Movement
Sustainable Island Development
July 2011

 

 

Also see:

LIM’s Letter of Objection to the Super-Incinerator Draft Outline Zoning Plan (June 2011)

 

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