waste management

Waste incinerator ash contaminates food chain

Hong Kong Environmental "Protection" Dept has downplayed risks with waste incineration, in its zeal to build Shek Kwu Chau "IWMF" [Integrated Waste Management Facility - a fancy term for a giant bonfire of rubbis]

Damning report on issues with incinerator ash:

 

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Incinerator protests in China including Shenzhen

As China’s economy has boomed in recent decades, the amount of garbage and solid waste generated in the country has soared from roughly 30 million tons in 1980 to 200 million tons today, most of it winding up in ill-tended landfills around major cities. Those landfills are at or near capacity, spawning illegal waste dumping and burning. The World Bank estimates that by 2025, China’s solid waste generation will double to more than 500 million tons annually.

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Deposits for plastic bottles needed in Hong Kong

Deposits on plastic bottles may seem a jolly nice idea to many of us - could make a huge difference in Hong Kong, where we buy and throw away maybe 10 million bottles per day - close to 4 billion per year!

There's currently a petition where you can support this [also for tetra paks etc]: http://www.supporthk.org/en/petition/implement-laws-refundable-deposit-a...

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Legislative Council condemns EPD inaction including re waste plastic bottles

In February this year Legco Public Accounts Committee published a damning report on EPD’s waste efforts, following a highly critical report by the Audit dept [director of audit]
Main conclusion:

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Taiwan recycling boom puts Hong Kong to shame

Article here begs the question: What the hell's wrong with Hong Kong, that can't do likewise?
Now, Taiwan is experiencing a different kind of boom. Recycling firms, which have grown in number from about 100 in the 80s and 90s to more than 2,000 at present, are turning heaps of waste into billions of dollars. Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau at the Ministry of Economic Affairs stated that recyclers earned $2.2 billion in revenue last year, up from $840 million a decade ago.
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Bad Science and Hong Kong’ Rubbish Strategy

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.

Legco presentation inc disinformation on incinerator and landfills

Presentation I gave to to Legco Panel on Env Affairs today, re incinerator and landfill extensions:

It’s over three years since I became involved in opposing the Shek Kwu Chau incinerator.
First because of the location being beautiful and home to wildlife including endangered finless porpoises.

But over time, opposing incineration anywhere in Hong Kong because of the poison emissions, toxic ash, expense, and sheer wastefulness.

There has been considerable disinformation.

Have Shek Kwu Chau incinerator contracts been signed

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.