Dear Members and Friends
The Legislators are listening!
Your voice is being heard and is making a difference. Now you have another chance to express your views on the proposed landfill extensions and the building of the Super Incinerator near Shek Kwu Chau. The next meeting of the Panel on Environmental Affairs will be open to the public, and is therefore a great opportunity to tell them your opinions regarding the EPD proposals.
If you wish to speak at the meeting, you must submit your request ASAP to speak and/or make a submission on Saturday 22 March. Details can be found at
The reply slip on the website is for organizations. Here is a reply slip for individuals.
The entire process is at a very critical stage with respect to the future of Hong Kong’s Waste management plans that will affect HK people for many decades. Below is a brief update to help with your submission to the Government, though the key message in this email is “Book your place to make a submission on Saturday 22 March”.
You can submit your written statement after you register your speaking place and during the presentation you will not be asked any questions. Each participant will have just 3 minutes to speak.
We will send a list of possible items to raise along with the LIM submission in a couple of days.
We will be following the direction of our letter that was sent to the Panel on Environmental Affairs for their meeting held on 24 February.
A short summary and important dates:
It is worth noting that with or without the support of the EA Panel or the Public Works Committee the Secretary for the Environment can legally go directly to the Finance Committee to request funding for the Landfill Extensions and the building of the Super Incinerator near Shek Kwu Chau.
LIM urges you to continue to make your voice heard, so please submit your request ASAP to speak and/or make a submission on Sat 22 March
Dear LIM Members and Friends
RE: Urging you to write an email to express your concerns about the Mega Incinerator ASAP (especially before Monday morning).
You may not have heard that the Panel on Environmental Affairs will be meeting on Monday (24 Feb) at 2:30 to consider approving the building of the Mega Incinerator near Shek Kwu Chau.
Details of the meeting can be found at http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr13-14/english/panels/ea/agenda/ea20140224.htm and the public can attend by booking a seat in the public gallery via 3919 3399.
The LIM committee has written to all members of the panel asking them to challenge and reject the proposal rather than give it the official endorsement needed to make progress. (View our letter)
Below are listed “Six Key Questions On Waste Management In Hong Kong” taken from the letter.
You might also like to write a letter to the panel members and express your concern. The main email address is email@example.com though we also have created an email template to all panel members (click on this link to create the email). Feel free to base your response on the suggestions in our letter though of course feel free to add your own concerns as well.
The list of Panel Members can be found at http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr13-14/english/panels/ea/general/ea_mem.htm. If you know any of them, give them a call and discuss your concerns.
There are 3 members on the “Panel on Environmental Affairs” who represent New Territories West (which covers the Islands District). They are:
Of course share this email with your friends and ask them to write a letter to the Panel and to the media.
The Living Islands Committee
SIX KEY QUESTIONS ON WASTE MANAGEMENT IN HONG KONG
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
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
For more information, please contact:
Michael Pratt, Vice Chairman Living Islands Movement. Mobile 9092 8481
LIM is one of the organisations who are supporting the application by “Integrated Waste Management Action Group” (IWMAG) to have “Rezoning of Sites to Facilitate the Implementation of an Integrated Waste Management Policy for Hong Kong“
For details on making a submission before end of 20th Dec visit http://wastehk.org/submission/
IWMAG consists of various NGO’s, professionals and members of the public who are knowledgeable in the issues which relate to the development and operation of a comprehensive, truly integrated waste management (IWM) system for the whole of Hong Kong.
Please find below the information regarding the CEDD Public Forum for the Greening Master Plan for Islands District on the evening of Friday 26 October 2012.
The Plan “aims to define the overall greening framework of the area
and serves as a guide for all parties involved in planning, design and
implementation of greening works. In addition to identifying suitable
locations for planting, the GMP will establish the greening theme and
propose suitable planting species.”
Date: Friday 26 October 2012
Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Venue: G/F, Central Terminal Building, Central Star Ferry Pier (Pier 8).
Participation at the community forum by residents and stakeholders is
If you intend to participate please note that the registration deadline is 22 October.
The invitation, registration form and poster are available in downloadable PDF format through the links below: