Ombudsman probes into management and effectiveness of waste separation binsLocal | 30 Nov 2020 2:15 pm
The Ombudsman, Winnie Chiu Wai-yin announced today the launch of a direct investigation to examine the management of waste separation bins by the Environment Bureau and the Environmental Protection Department, and the effectiveness of the relevant program.
“Waste reduction and recycling is a topic of community concern. Though introduced for years, the waste separation bins’ effectiveness is still called into question,” said Chiu.
As of early 2020, there were about 17,000 sets of recycling bins throughout the territory, covering over 80 percent of the population since the government announced the Waste Reduction Framework Plan in 1998, advocating separate collection of recyclable materials to facilitate recovery and reuse.
Contrary to the Government’s target of raising the local recovery rate of municipal solid waste to 55 percent by 2022, the rate decreased year by year from 37 percent in 2014 to 30 percent in 2018.
There were also media reports of some contracted recyclers’ dumping of recyclables collected from the recycling bins into landfills, undermining public confidence in the authorities’ management.
The Ombudsman is inviting information and views from members of the public on this topic. Written submissions should reach the Office of The Ombudsman by December 30, 2020.