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Charging for Waste was an Inducement to Reduce Waste Production

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By Poon Wing Yi, 21st January, 2014. 894748


"Charging for waste can be an inducement to reduce waste production", Bernard Chan, who was the Chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development, said yesterday in an university talk.


Chan said that the main purpose of waste charging was to change people's habits and lets waste reduction at source, sorting and recycling became a kind of social culture for all Hong Kong citizens. He admitted that waste disposal issue could not be solved immediately, reducing waste at source was the most efficient way to prevent the disposal problem getting worse. He believed that charging according to the amount of waste they produced could be a way to remind all Hong Kong citizens to produce less waste.


Chan said that in light of the unique context of Hong Kong, which included the predominance of high-rise buildings, a mix of private and public municipal solid waste collection, high coverage of premises with building management and the existence of composite buildings with domestic and commercial occupants. He said that a mixed mode levy was the most possible way. He suggested the government to distribute pre-paid garbage bags for all the households and use it as a mean to calculate the amount of waste each household produced. He thought that it was a better way to reduce the waste production at the earlier stage.


Moreover, the Council for Sustainable Development conducted a public engagement processes for the issue of municipal solid waste charging. There were four key considerations at this public engagement processes, which were the charging mechanism, coverage of charging scheme, charging level and recycling. The public engagement processes will end on this Friday (24th January).


Many concerned parties followed the updated trend closely and wanted to know the consultation result as soon as possible. As the Chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development, Bernard Chan pointed out that the public reaction to the garbage levy consultation was better than expected. He expected that quite a lot of useful comments will be gained at this public engagement processes. Chan added that there are still three more days to the end of the public engagement processes, he didn’t read any comments or proposals yet, and he emphasized that he will read all the suggestions carefully and analyze their feasibility right after the public engagement processes. --115045 2014年1月21日 (二) 17:40 (UTC)

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