Super Incinerator – A very important opportunity to voice your opinions

i Mar 7th No Comments by

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
http://www.legco.gov.hk/general/english/sec/invite_s/ea20140226.htm
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.

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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:

  • Thanks to all who sent in letters to the EA Panel. During the meeting on 24 February, it was clear that those letters had been received as some of the legislators were referring to the 6 questions. The result of the meeting was the setting up of the Public Hearing on Saturday 22 March
  • March “Fact Finding” tour to Europe by EPD and some Legislators
  • 17 March – applications to speak on 22 March close and you need to have your written submission in by this date.
  • 22 March – Public Hearing at Government building
  • Public Works Subcommittee on 16 April
  • Finance Committee in May (possible dates are 2nd, 16th and 30th May)

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
http://www.legco.gov.hk/general/english/sec/invite_s/ea20140226.htm

Regards
LIM Committee

Send a Letter to EA Panel

i Feb 22nd No Comments by

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 panel_ea@legco.gov.hk 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:

  • Hon Albert CHAN Wai-yip (albert.wychan@yahoo.com.hk)
  • Hon LEE Cheuk-yan (yanlee@hkctu.org.hk) 
  • Hon CHAN Han-pan (benchanlegco@gmail.com)

Of course share this email with your friends and ask them to write a letter to the Panel and to the media.

Regards

The Living Islands Committee

SIX KEY QUESTIONS ON WASTE MANAGEMENT IN HONG KONG 

  1. The Bureau has admitted that their statistics for recycling are false and misleading. The previous claims that 48-52% of Hong Kong’s waste is recycled have been shown to be incorrect. Waste being imported and re-exported without processing tonnage was previously added to the recycling figure but excluded from the waste generation figure. How can EPD be trusted on the Blueprint when it is based on such misleading and/or inadequate statistics? 
  2. LIM estimates that the true recycling percentage could be less than 10%. It is also clear from everyday observation that there is very little actual waste recycling in Hong Kong. The few “three-colour” recycling bins in use are mostly in obscure or difficult to get to locations, are too small and are badly designed, while the public is given no guidance on what types of plastic and paper waste can be recycled and what not to put in recycling bins.  The recycling bins are often overflowing and remain so for days on end. Why is the EPD ignoring the strong demand from the public to recycle more waste and why are they not making much greater efforts at all levels to provide this most basic waste management infrastructure?
  3. The EPD’s strategy for the destruction of waste is based on sending unsorted waste to landfill or mass-burn incineration in a remote location. There are no intermediate steps between collection and dumping or burning. If the IWMF proposal is implemented, it will effectively rule out waste separation at source, intermediate stage sorting and the development of an effective recycling industry in Hong Kong. There will be no need for any of this if it can all just be burned. Why does the Blueprint contain no plans for sorting of waste to divert it away from landfill or incineration?
  4. The large-scale incinerator will result in a net daily reduction in waste of 2,000 tonnes, while actually producing around 900 tonnes per day of highly toxic waste in the form of fly ash, which will still be sent to landfill. How can the huge economic and environmental cost of this IWMF be justified for such a small gain, which could be equally achieved through enhanced waste reduction and recycling?
  5. Moving-grate incineration only achieves a 70% reduction in the amount of waste that is burned. This is at the expense of converting some of the waste into gases that contain poisonous dioxins which are pushed into the atmosphere, and by reducing the rest to a highly toxic ash residue. The claim that this is “Modern” incineration is simply not true. Why does the Bureau continue to resist other rapidly emerging technologies in the face of the growing evidence that these technologies are gaining acceptance around the world?
  6. Why is the Bureau leading a delegation of LegCo Members to Europe to study incinerators and alternative technologies only after seeking approval for the out-dated mass-burn incinerator?  

Press Release – IWMAG Submission

i Dec 19th No Comments by

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

Make a submission to support the IWMAG rezoning application

i Dec 12th No Comments by

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.

Civil Engineering and Development Department public forum for Greening Master Plan (GMP) for Islands District

i Oct 19th No Comments by

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
encouraged.

If you intend to participate please note that the registration deadline is 22 October.

To register:

  • Phone:  2905 8666 (Ms Law is the point of contact)
  • Fax:  2832 2110
  • email:  gmp@acla.com.hk

The invitation, registration form and poster are available in downloadable PDF format through the links below: