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Bernard Chan says waste charging is gaining public’s respect

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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By Kel Chan


With Tuen Mun residents opposing the expansion plan of the landfill in the region, the government is again panicking about how to tackle the heavier waste.


Bernard Chan, the chairman of the Council of Sustainable Development, said the Council will suggest collecting the waste charge by the weight of waste made by each household today. The Council will hand the plan to the government in future months and Chan feels that the public does not deny the plan if the charge is below $30 per month. ‘I expected the people would hate me while I was promoting the plan, but it turns out a much better picture,’ Chan said.


Chan emphasized that they are still struggling on how to tackle the difficulties on enforcement, for example people dodging the fee by disposing the waste on the roof of buildings, or if the government should remove all the trash bins at streets. But Chan is confident that the public will be able to change their lifestyle once the charge is enforced because the plastic bag charging was a good example of how HK people adapted to a new fee to reduce the use of environmentally unfriendly products.


CY Leung, the chief executive, announced the yearly Policy Address with plans to support the poor. Controversies focus on the great increase of government’s yearly regular expenditure up to $20 billion. The Financial Secretary John Tsang published a blog, though, stating that the government has to prepare for a financial deficit in the long run due to the aging society. Chan believes that Hong Kong should maintain a financial balance. ‘Hong Kong is a rare economic system among worldwide that we can maintain a good balance without borrowing money. However, when we have $700 billion of surplus in the government, we should use the money for some essential benefit.’ Chan said. And he thinks that increasing public welfare is a normal practice in a democratic society.

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