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Press Release – IWMAG Submission

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Press Release regarding the proposed rezoning of sites to assist solve Hong Kong’s Waste Management problem

Living Islands Movement (LIM) supports a new approach to solving Hong Kong’s waste management problem. Compared to the approach being taken by the Environmental Protection Department, LIM supports the Integrated Waste Management Action Group (IWMAG) initiative, which

  • aims for a dramatic increase in the amount of recovery and recycling of waste material, and a radical reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill
  • will involve the whole community in Hong Kong,
  • will be environmentally sensitive,
  • can be implemented in a relatively short timescale,
  • is economically viable,
  • can include up-to-date technology options,
  • and distributes the responsibility for waste management regionally within the SAR.

Waste Management is a problem for the entire Hong Kong community. LIM briefing meetings in December have highlighted the flaws in the Government selection of Shek Kwu Chau for constructing an artificial island on which to build a giant incinerator. The Government’s short sighted vision is to localise the problem by building a single giant incinerator to which all of the unsorted waste material in Hong Kong will be transported. This is a management style from the nineteenth century, and Hong Kong deserves better than this.

The IWMAG rezoning proposal can provide space quickly and cost effectively for constructing sorting facilities at or near existing landfill sites, with little or no damage to the existing flora or fauna in those areas. The Government proposal will irreversibly destroy an area of outstanding natural beauty in Hong Kong. LIM asks why the Government have allowed a proposal that will knowingly damage the environment beyond repair.

85% of Hong Kong’s waste comprises recoverable or recyclable materials. LIM is concerned that if the Government builds a super incinerator with a token waste-sorting facility (with planned capacity for sorting just 300 tonnes per day out of the 3,000 tonnes per day that the incineration plant is projected to handle) there will be no incentive to follow through with expanding any waste sorting facilities. It just becomes easier to burn everything rather than sort and separate anything.

The Government proposal to construct a huge-scale moving grate incinerator will create toxic emissions that will be dispersed across a wide area of Hong Kong. By expanding the recovery and recycling of waste, the need for incinerations is largely removed. Other technologies may be useful to further reduce the residual waste to a negligible issue.

LIM advocates a regional approach to alleviating the waste management problem. Existing locations should be developed to use existing infrastructure and minimise the transportation of waste over long distances.

 

Press Release: 19 Dec 2013 – for immediate publication

 

Editors.

For more information, please contact:

 Michael Pratt, Vice Chairman Living Islands Movement. Mobile 9092 8481

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