Solid waste levels rise

Local | 26 Nov 2019 11:34 am

The latest government waste statistics show an increase in the total amount of rubbish produced in the city, moving it further and further away from waste-reduction targets it has set for next year, RTHK reports.
The official data for 2018 shows total municipal solid waste increased by 6.5 percent from 2017. Per person, that equates to 1.53 kilos a day - up from 1.45 kg the previous year.
The target set by the government was to reduce the figure to 800g per day by 2020.
Edwin Lau, executive director of Green Earth, says the introduction of waste charging can't come soon enough.
He told RTHK's Richard Pyne the plastic bag levy was a good example of how to reduce waste.

But it was not all bad news for the government, with Hong Kong producing less food and electrical waste in 2018, when compared with a year earlier.
Lau said this was due to legislation and the government building facilities to process such waste. He agreed that, if the proper legislation and infrastructure were there, then Hong Kong could head in the right direction, with regard to meeting waste-reduction targets.

The average daily quantity of solid waste disposed of at landfills was 16,096 tons in 2018, the Environmental Protection Department said yesterday. 

The average daily quantity of municipal solid waste disposal at landfills was 11,428 tons in 2018. Typhoon Mangkhut, in September 2018 generated a large amount of unconventional waste.

Food waste was the largest component of municipal solid waste, accounting for 31 percent, followed by waste paper (24 percent) and waste plastics (21 percent). These amounts are comparable with those in 2017, the EPD said.-RTHK/The Standard


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