Government Policy Not Followed; Waste Not Reduced - as Incineration Made Priority
There has been considerable brouhaha over Hong Kong’s waste strategy, especially plans to expand three landfills plus build an incinerator on an artificial island by Shek Kwu Chau – which passed two votes in the Legislative Council, but were then delayed, with the Finance Committee now set to vote on the plans in autumn.
Excellent letter in today's S China Morning Post:
Landfills won't solve HK's waste problem
I refer to the letter by Edmund Chen ("Incinerator seems sound option for HK", February 10).
I agree that the expansion of landfills (to handle Hong Kong's waste) should be a non-starter, and that for recycling to be successful it must be made profitable.
Mr Chen states confidently that the Environment Bureau is up to speed on technological developments in waste management in other places.
Letter I sent S China Morning Post, published on 22 Aug 2013:
Hong Kong government aims to dump and burn waste, and has no Plan B. Instead, it should develop a strategy that will energise Hong Kong by targeting zero waste to landfills and incinerators.
letter to S China Morning Post, appeared on 5 July 2013:
In his letter ("Questioning official figure on solid waste", July 1), Mark Parlett queries the government's figure of 48 per cent for Hong Kong's recycling rate. The figure indeed seems high: based on other government data, it suggests that the vast majority of domestic refuse dumped in landfills is food waste.
Do we really dispose of so little that can be recycled; are the truckloads dumped in landfills so different in composition to the contents of waste bins I see?
The Environmental Protection Department is extremely biased in favour of the Shek Kwu Chau incinerator, and seems unable to admit drawbacks with incinerators or really consider alternatives.
I've been told of Mark Venhoek, CEO of SITA - HK govt waste contractor - recently dismissing concerns over Shek Kwu Chau waste incinerator as NIMBYism. Highly insulting to those with genuine concerns.
But, looking around on internet, seems SITA is not a great company to sit in judgment.
Here's a little info, with SITA involved in woeful and even dangerous incinerator practices, and some bribing officials: