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Bernard Chan urged government to support local recycling industry

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【21st January, 2014 Leung Nga Wing】The four-month public consultation on household rubbish disposal charges would be ended soon. Bernard Charnwut Chan, chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development, said he was confident in successfully launching the rubbish disposal charges scheme, though he deemed that there were still many technical problems and supporting facilities yet to be solved and enhanced.


Considering the issue of waste disposal and reduction in Hong Kong, the government has started a four-month public consultation on household rubbish disposal charges in September last year.


Chan, who chaired the Council for Sustainable Development, was in charge of studying the feasible and effective ways of reducing waste disposal, as well as recommending the government to launch a scheme which is most conducive, suitable and welcomed by all Hong Kongers.


“Reducing waste disposal is something that we must do at once as there is no other alternative for us,” He said by providing the facts that the three landfills in Hong Kong were almost fully filled and the city was lacking alternative facilities such as incinerators for dealing with the massive waste disposal.


Chan stressed that the aim of launching the rubbish disposal charges scheme is not to charge money from people, but it is to encourage people to reduce waste disposal. “The main point is that the more waste you reduce, the less you have to pay.”


Regarding there are doubts towards the feasibility and effectiveness in launching the scheme, Chan admitted that there were still lots of technical problems yet to be solved, and the supporting facilities for waste disposal, garbage sorting and recycling were also inadequate.


He thus urged the government to promptly improve the recycling plants and facilities and provide financial support to local recycling industry.


Chan noted that during the consultation period, different parties have participated in discussing issues related to waste disposal reduction and recycling, including local environmental concern groups, recycling plants, political parties, scholars etc.


“This is an issue which would affect every Hong Kongers,” Chan added, “Surprisingly, many Hong Kongers agree that it is necessary to recycle and reduce waste. All environmental concern groups and the major political parties are also being very supportive towards waste reduction.”


Chan hoped that the scheme of waste disposal reduction could be launched latest by 2016.

Bernard Charnwut Chan is currently the Hong Kong Deputy to National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China, member of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development. He was also the Chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board from year 2009 to 2013.



--125099 2014年1月21日 (二) 18:50 (UTC)

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