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Old March 5th, 2011, 08:31 PM   #21
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Incinerator on island 'to add pollution'
22 February 2011
South China Morning Post

An incinerator on an artificial island near south Lantau would bring more air pollution to several pollution hot spots in the city than it would if the plant is built in Tuen Mun, according to a study.

The study to assess the environmental impact of the facility shows north Lantau, the airport and Kwai Tsing will suffer from higher levels of nitrogen dioxide if the waste burning plant is built on Shek Kwu Chau.

It says the hourly concentration of air pollutants will increase by up to 14 micrograms at the airport island, compared with 4mcg if the plant is built in Tsang Tsui, Tuen Mun.

The study also predicts that areas on the airport island and on an artificial island of a cross-border bridge checkpoint under construction will also be affected.

However, if the plant is built in Tuen Mun, the study says the cumulative pollution in the area and Nim Wan will be higher if a power plant and a landfill in Tsang Tsui are taken into consideration.

North Lantau includes the Tung Chung new town and neighbouring rural villages.

Kwai Chung is home to the container cargo terminals and is already busy with road and marine traffic.

The study says south Lantau, which has fewer inhabitants than Tuen Mun, would see an increase of up to 11.1mcg in nitrogen dioxide levels under the island option, compared with 6.6mcg under the Tsang Tsui option. However, the cumulative reading is higher in Tuen Mun under the Tsang Tsui option.

These findings went unreported at a briefing that environmental officials gave yesterday at an Island District Council meeting. Politicians and residents from Cheung Chau expressed their anger and frustration at the site selection.

"It is unfair to take just a tiny outlying island to manage all the trash from the city. Every Hong Kong citizen should bear the responsibility of their own waste," district councillor Amy Yung Wing-sheung said.

"I don't understand why they don't pick the Tuen Mun site which takes two years less to build," district councillor Yung Chi-ming said.

The Environment Bureau last week said it preferred Shek Kwu Chau over Tsang Tsui because trips to dispose of waste on the island would be shorter.

The incinerator also would bring jobs and other benefits to nearby places such as Cheung Chau.

The impact study released for public consultation says both places meet the minimum environmental requirements but it does not say which site it prefers.

Officials say the incinerator will meet the most stringent international emission standards.

About 2,900 tonnes of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide and 217 tonnes of respirable suspended particles will be emitted a year.

The choice of the island has sparked concerns that the selection was a political decision to avoid opposition from Tuen Mun in the run-up to district council election this year and legislative polls next year.

According to the study, the Shek Kwu Chau option will require up to 16 hectares of reclamation and the installation of undersea power cables, resulting in the loss of 31 hectares of fishing ground. Construction will also take two more years.

Whichever site is picked, the hourly nitrogen dioxide level at the airport's Regal Hotel is expected to hit 294mcg, against the current air quality objective of 300mcg - a target that may be lowered in the future.

A consultant hired by the Environmental Protection Department for the impact study last week said the Tsang Tsui option was less favourable because of the existence of emission sources in the area.

A department spokeswoman yesterday said they needed more time to respond to inquiries from the South China Morning Post regarding the air pollution predictions.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 05:37 PM   #22
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"Change waste to gold" through reduction, recycling and waste to energy technology
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Government Press Release

The Secretary for the Environment, Mr Edward Yau, and other guests today (March 12) officiated at the "Change Waste to Gold" launching ceremony - a strategy which aims to promote waste reduction at source, waste recycling and waste to energy technology.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Yau said that while Hong Kong's current waste recovery rate had reached 49%, about 9,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste were still disposed of at landfills every day. At this rate, the three existing landfills will reach capacity one after another from 2014 onwards.

To tackle the waste problem facing Hong Kong, Mr Yau said the Government had devised a comprehensive strategy and action plan including a number of initiatives to reduce waste at source. The target is to further increase the waste recovery rate to 55% by 2015.

He called on the community to join hands to reach the waste reduction target and proper waste management for the sustainable development of Hong Kong.

During the "Change Waste to Gold" launching ceremony held at Plaza Hollywood, Diamond Hill, today, the guests shared green tips in their daily lives and took part in games to enhance the public's awareness of environmental protection. The games received an enthusiastic response from the audience.

The event also invited participants of the Japan Eco Tour to share their observations on green facilities in Japan, including visits to Maishima Waste Treatment Centre and Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome. They suggested that Hong Kong could make reference to the waste management measures and facilities, pollution control and waste to energy technology there.

Attending today's ceremony included guests from the Advisory Council on the Environment, green companies and social enterprise.

An exhibition on green awareness is being held at Plaza Hollywood today and tomorrow, from noon to 6pm. There are interactive games and models to demonstrate the idea of "change waste to gold", converting waste into useful materials.
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Hong Kong may need to build at least five incinerators to deal with solid waste, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam- kuen believes.
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Old March 18th, 2011, 05:19 AM   #24
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Fishermen launch incinerator protest
The Standard
Friday, March 18, 2011

Cheung Chau fishermen called on the government to scrap plans to build an incinerator near Shek Kwu Chau, saying the construction will have a serious impact on their livelihood and the fishing industry as a whole.

About 200 fishing boats yesterday took part in a rare seaborne demonstration sailing from Cheung Chau pier to Shek Kwu Chau and back, with fluttering banners stating their grievances.

Fishermen's representative Chan Shup-ng said their main concern is the reclamation of 16 hectares of land for an artificial island on which the incinerator will be built.

"The reclamation of the land will limit the expansion of our fish farms," Chan said.

"There are not many suitable areas in Hong Kong waters for fish farms." The livelihood of around 600 fishermen will be affected.

He said the reclamation process will generate mud that will worsen water quality and pose a threat not only to the fish farms but also to fish breeding in general.

"We fishermen are very angry about this plan because the government has not tried to see the problem from our side. Why doesn't the government build an incinerator further out to sea instead of inland?"

Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong legislator Wong Yun-kan, who represents the agriculture and fisheries industries, said the government needs to clearly explain to fishermen the possible impact of the incinerator project.

"The fishermen have lots of genuine concerns about the project," he said.

"And the government also needs to think about possible compensation should the project affect their livelihoods."

Last month, about 40 residents of Cheung Chau petitioned the government to abandon the proposal.

They said pollutants from the incinerator may be harmful to residents' health.

They also said many Hong Kong residents and tourists visit Cheung Chau not only for its seafood but because of the fresh air.
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Old March 20th, 2011, 05:31 PM   #25
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Incinerator design can make it a tourist draw, environment official says
20 March 2011
South China Morning Post

The Environmental Protection Department believes the incinerator proposed for Shek Kwu Chau would become a draw for tourists interested in architecture and technology.

Its assistant director Elvis Au Wai-kwong pointed to incinerators in Japan and Austria as examples of how such waste treatment facilities can draw visitors.

"Tourists are attracted by the landmark buildings they build and the modern educational facilities," Au said. "They attract tourists because of the architecture and the modern facilities they provide."

Au was speaking before a meeting tomorrow of a committee of the department's Advisory Council on the Environment, called to discuss the government's report on the choice of the island off Lantau for the incinerator, which has sparked a backlash from environmental groups and a series of protests over the past week.

Au said his department had not yet spoken to the Tourism Board about how such a facility might be marketed to visitors, nor about any effect it might have on nearby Cheung Chau, which relies heavily on the visitors that each weekend, according to the board, double the island's population of about 25,000.

Conservationists have expressed concern at the impact of a "mega incinerator" on species such as the finless porpoise, the white-bellied sea eagle and two snakes endemic to Shek Kwu Chau, while fishermen say the plan would destroy fishing grounds and ruin their livelihoods.

"We are still in the planning stage, we are still planning the facilities and we are going to engage with the stakeholders by meeting them in the future," Au said.

The economy of Cheung Chau would benefit, he said, because ferries would be employed to take the 1,000 or so people employed on construction of the incinerator to and from the island for meals.

Cheung Chau residents, who have held a series of protests over the past week, remain unconvinced that the proposal would have any positive effect on their lives.

"To be honest, no one really knows anything," said Rammy Chau, owner of the Lovely Island Restaurant on the Cheung Chau harbourfront directly facing Shek Kwu Chau.

"We might get a short-term benefit from construction workers but it's hard to see any international visitors coming to see waste disposal in the long term. There also has to be an effect on us in terms of pollution, and no mention has been made on what happens with the boats that will go past full of rubbish."

The incinerator would emit about 2,900 tonnes of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, and 217 tonnes of respirable suspended particles per year, according to an environmental impact study.

"It doesn't seem to have been thought through or explained," Chau said. "But we are a small community with no voice. If they put four small incinerators in four parts of town, Hong Kong as a community could share the burden - and no one would complain. Instead we are left having one huge one and a lot of questions."

The government rejected an alternative site in Tuen Mun.

The department says figures provided by the Maishima incinerator in Japan show it has received about 300 visitors a week since it opened in 2001 - although how many of them were students and how many international tourists could not be defined.

Visitors to Cheung Chau yesterday showed concern about the plans.

"I come here every time I come to Hong Kong," San Franciscan Sandra Tang said. "We love the city but Cheung Chau is an escape and you can enjoy the heritage and nature. We heard about the incinerator {hellip} and it seems strange that anyone would want to put it in an area that has somehow remained so unspoilt."
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 09:10 PM   #26
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Huge dump to be sited off Brothers
The Standard
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A new sediment dump will be built north of Lantau by 2016, the Development Bureau said.

The five million cubic meter dump will be to the south of The Brothers Islands - two islands north of Lantau.

About 400 out of the SAR's 3,700 registered fishing boats are expected to be affected.

The bureau estimates that total compensation for affected fishermen under its ex-gratia allowance mechanism for any economic loss caused by the proposed dump will amount to about HK$4.12 million.

The bureau will seek approval from the Legislative Council's Finance Committee for an estimated HK$590.9 million for dredging works as well as to manage and cap the dump, which is made up of two mud pits in the seabed, a spokesman said.

Dredging work will commence in November for completion by June 2016, with the first pit available by the end of 2013.

"We hope to start the work as soon as possible since we expect 13.5 million cubic meters of contaminated sediments to require disposal from this year to 2016," the spokesman said.

"The current disposal facility at the east of Sha Chau is about 9.8 million cubic meters, which is inadequate to meet the forecast disposal demand," he added.

Meanwhile, the bureau also announced that a new arrangement for so- called inflated buildings will be in place from the start of next month.

Developers will have to confirm that a project has been registered for the Building Environmental Assessment Method Plus assessment when they submit their building plan.

The problem with "inflated buildings" stems from some developers using a concession that allows private buildings to increase floor area.
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Old March 26th, 2011, 07:49 AM   #27
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I wonder what's the reason behind picking the Brothers... isn't it again going to affect the dolphins in the surrounding waters again...?
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Old March 27th, 2011, 08:40 PM   #28
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Then we have to find a way to ship all that waste out, which would be costly and if any mishap happens, it'll be a nasty cleanup operation.
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Rare wildlife will be threatened by Shek Kwu Chau incinerator
23 March 2011
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In 1997, the government designated south Lantau and nearby islands for conservation and sustainable recreation. Yet, this year, there are plans for a waste incinerator on a giant artificial island that will be built beside Shek Kwu Chau, just west of Cheung Chau. The community was given just a month to make comments.

Bob Bunker ("Island incinerator will not use Japan's clean-burn technology", March 3) noted that officials are telling us incinerators are safe for urban areas, yet we must build ours as far away as possible. There are more contradictions, many questions arise, and Shek Kwu Chau is clearly an appalling choice as an incinerator site.

The environmental impact assessment shoehorns Shek Kwu Chau into appearing a viable site. Sai Kung islands are rejected for incinerator sites, as these and nearby areas are "popular locations for various recreational activities". So why not reject Shek Kwun Chau as a potential site?

Though tiny, it is a remarkable island for biodiversity. Two kinds of snake are only known from here. It is also home to a lizard found on only three islands in the world, two-thirds of all Hong Kong's butterfly species, and our most magnificent breeding bird of prey, the white-bellied sea eagle.

Proponents argue the incinerator island will be separate from the island. Yet the reclamation will occupy an area similar to Victoria Park - killing corals, and affecting the best fishing grounds by Cheung Chau, as well as a prime location for the Indo-Pacific finless porpoise, regarded as globally vulnerable to extinction. The EIA merely states the impact will be "acceptable", without giving details or answering: acceptable to whom, exactly?

The impact may be acceptable to officials such as Elvis W. K. Au, of the Environmental Protection Department ("Reduce waste, but also prepare for incinerator", March 19). Yet they should not be acceptable to Hong Kong people, for whom the incinerator may be out of sight, but will not be out of lungs. Summer south-westerlies will waft emissions right across Hong Kong.

There are alternatives. The government had favoured siting the incinerator at ash lagoons near Tuen Mun. It seems politics intervened: the government became afraid Tuen Mun people (and property developers?) would kick up a fuss.

Green Island Cement company has a plan, too. Unlike the government-touted incinerators, this would utilise technology that has been tried and tested in Hong Kong, with results showing emissions at levels well below the standards the government will aim for. There is industrial land available, with infrastructure; the capacity can exceed the government's planned incinerator, and the cost will be far lower - around HK$3 billion compared to HK$8 billion for Shek Kwu Chau.

Such options deserve fuller consideration. Hong Kong should not rush this consultation process. The government may wish to hide the incinerator away from the city, but it would be wrong to do so by damaging one of our loveliest and most ecologically significant coastal areas.

Martin Williams, Cheung Chau
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Waste incinerator report gets advisers' green light
12 April 2011
South China Morning Post

A controversial report on the environmental impact of a planned waste incinerator was given the green light yesterday by government environment advisers.

The study was approved by the Advisory Council on the Environment amid charges by the plan's opponents of irregularities in the way it was conducted.

Council chairman Professor Paul Lam Kwan-sing said members were generally satisfied with the officials' explanation of the way they had carried out the impact assessment. "So far, the government has not made any decision [as to where to build an incinerator] and that the council will certainly discuss it again when a decision is made," he said. At the centre of the issue is the environmental assessment impact report on the first phase of the "development of integrated waste management facilities" - that is, waste incinerator(s) - to dispose of municipal solid waste.

Departing from the usual practice of studying the best development site identified, the incinerator study covers two sites - Tuen Mun and Shek Kwu Chau - and also incorporates an option of having an incinerator in each of the two places in the later stage of the study.

"The proposed project will be located at the Middle Tsang Tsui Ash Lagoon in Tuen Mun and/or an artificial island near Shek Kwu Chau with a size of about 11 hectares," according to the study cited in the council meeting yesterday.

But council member Edwin Lau Che-feng, who is also director of Friends of the Earth, questioned the way the study was conducted.

"It will unavoidably give people an impression that the government might have some hidden agenda, that is, to build two incinerators instead of one," said Lau.

A former council member, Dr Ng Cho-nam, said: "This time, they started with two and ended up studying three options. In the future, they can do five or six in one go and the council has no power to say no to it."
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Old May 10th, 2011, 06:33 PM   #31
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New landfill proposal runs into opposition
The Standard
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The government is making a new bid to extend the landfill at Tseung Kwan O - by reducing the overall size and pledging to spend an extra HK$72 million to get rid of the smell.

However, the proposal has a long way to go before it can be tabled for a vote in the Legislative Council as it has not even gone past the district council.

Speaking at the Sai Kung District Council meeting yesterday, Environmental Protection Director Anissa Wong Sean-yee said the size of the extension will be reduced from 15.6 hectares, as originally proposed, to 13 hectares.

If the community supports the proposal, the landfill will only be used for construction waste and the government will spend HK$72 million to put up exhaust ducts or exhaust wells, Wong said.

"In view of increasing infrastructure construction as well as the renewal of old districts and old buildings, more industrial waste is expected, which needs to be disposed of. We have the responsibility to build the landfill," Wong said.

However, some district councillors did not buy the idea.

Independent lawmaker Christine Fong Kwok-shan threatened to seek a judicial review if the scheme goes ahead.

Another district councillor, Gary Fan Kwok-wai of the Neo Democrats, said the district has had enough of landfills.

"We have about one-tenth of the land, which is 150 hectares out of 1,700 hectares, to build three landfills. We have spent 25 years on this and I can boldly say we have fulfilled our responsibility on municipal solid waste. There should be no more extensions," Fan said.

However, some district councillors might consider the proposal if the Clearwater Bay Country Park is not part of the extension.

The Planning Department said it will invite stakeholders' views before the Town Planning Board endorses the plan.
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New landfill proposal runs into opposition
The Standard
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The government is making a new bid to extend the landfill at Tseung Kwan O - by reducing the overall size and pledging to spend an extra HK$72 million to get rid of the smell.

However, the proposal has a long way to go before it can be tabled for a vote in the Legislative Council as it has not even gone past the district council.

Speaking at the Sai Kung District Council meeting yesterday, Environmental Protection Director Anissa Wong Sean-yee said the size of the extension will be reduced from 15.6 hectares, as originally proposed, to 13 hectares.

If the community supports the proposal, the landfill will only be used for construction waste and the government will spend HK$72 million to put up exhaust ducts or exhaust wells, Wong said.

"In view of increasing infrastructure construction as well as the renewal of old districts and old buildings, more industrial waste is expected, which needs to be disposed of. We have the responsibility to build the landfill," Wong said.

However, some district councillors did not buy the idea.

Independent lawmaker Christine Fong Kwok-shan threatened to seek a judicial review if the scheme goes ahead.

Another district councillor, Gary Fan Kwok-wai of the Neo Democrats, said the district has had enough of landfills.

"We have about one-tenth of the land, which is 150 hectares out of 1,700 hectares, to build three landfills. We have spent 25 years on this and I can boldly say we have fulfilled our responsibility on municipal solid waste. There should be no more extensions," Fan said.

However, some district councillors might consider the proposal if the Clearwater Bay Country Park is not part of the extension.

The Planning Department said it will invite stakeholders' views before the Town Planning Board endorses the plan.
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Chief Executive expresses worries about legal barriers
20 May 2011
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Tsang says 80 major works projects held up by judicial reviews, affecting economy

The chief executive has voiced concerns that judicial reviews launched against some 80 capital works projects threaten to damage the Hong Kong's competitive position economically and leave the city at risk of becoming marginalized.

"In Hong Kong, our various infrastructure projects have run into trouble, and I cannot help but worry for Hong Kong's competitiveness," Chief Executive Donald Tsang told lawmakers at a Legislative Council question-and-answer session on Thursday.

"There are views in the community that some political parties or political figures were using legal proceedings under the pretext of environmental protection ... so as to block works in order to achieve political objectives. They do not mind undermining the overall and long-term interests of Hong Kong," he said.

A judicial review launched by 56-year-old local resident Chu Yee-wah has thrown several projects into doubt after the High Court ruled some of the government's environmental impact assessments lacked a proper baseline study.

The wake of that judgment has created barriers from roughly 80 other projects, including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, a planned incinerator to alleviate the city's pressing sanitation problem and a planned rail link between Central and Shatin.

Unable to quantify the total running losses as a result of the delays, Tsang said each lost year of work on the super bridge would result in HK$2 billion in losses, while construction costs continued to rise, complicating budgets even further.

He also queried whether those attempting to block major development works such as the super bridge are intent on stifling economic development, job creation and further integration with the mainland.

Tsang's concerns came on the heels of a report by the Swiss business school IMD that ranked Hong Kong first along side the United States in a study of 59 countries and regions in terms of competitiveness.

The report released Wednesday recommended that Hong Kong continue to develop its links with the mainland, especially with the Pearl River Delta region.

That echoed a similar suggestion by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, which said Hong Kong will likely be surpassed in five years by mainland cities, after it ranked Hong Kong as the most competitive Chinese city for a sixth year in a row.

Unable to comment further because of ongoing court proceedings, Tsang added the government is appealing the decision and is committed to following the letter of the law.

"I understand the public is concerned about the likely impacts on economic development and employment and whether these would affect our economic integration with the mainland. If we'll not be able to jump on the bandwagon of rapid economic development of the country, we'll be marginalized and lose out in the competition," he said.

On the social welfare, Tsang said the administration will focus on perfecting existing the Mandatory Provident Fund instead of creating a universal retirement scheme, because there will be inequalities in funding the system that inevitably will lead to higher taxes.

Tsang also said the government planned to unveil a retooled Air Quality Objective later this year.
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LCQ20: South East New Territories Landfill
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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Source : EPD

Following is a question by the Hon Miriam Lau Kin Yee and a written reply by the Acting Secretary for the Environment, Dr Kitty Poon, at the Legislative Council meeting today (June 23):

Question:

Quite a number of Tseung Kwan O residents have indicated to me that the environmental problems created by the South East New Territories ("SENT") Landfill since its commissioning have caused nuisances to them for a long time. Recently, the Planning Department submitted a paper to the Sai Kung District Council proposing to further extend the SENT Landfill area, including designating about five hectares of land in Clear Water Bay Country Park and about 15.6 hectares of land in Tseung Kwan O Area 137 for landfill extension purpose. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council :

(a) of the number of complaints received about the SENT Landfill since its commissioning, together with a breakdown of the complaints by category; how the authorities follow up such complaints;

(b) given that it has been recently reported that it is expected that the proposed extension of the SENT Landfill will aggravate the adverse impact on residents in the district, including the environment (in terms of odour and visual impact), traffic and the health of the residents nearby, and will also affect Chai Wan district, which is situated on the other side of the bank opposite to Tseung Kwan O, and the authorities had indicated in its paper to the Panel on Environmental Affairs of this Council in October 2008 that they would adopt a number of mitigation measures for the proposed extension of the SENT Landfill in accordance with the principle of avoidance, minimisation and compensation as set out in the Technical Memorandum of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (Cap. 499), whether they have assessed if such mitigation measures can resolve the aforesaid adverse impact on residents in the district; whether the authorities have other mitigation measures; if they have, of the details;

(c) of the daily average numbers of trips run by refuse collection vehicles and vehicles carrying construction waste which travel to and from the SENT Landfill through Tseung Kwan O at present, and the expected changes in the respective vehicular flows of the aforesaid two types of vehicles after the extension of the landfill; what measures the authorities have to mitigate the traffic impact and odour nuisance caused by such vehicles in the Tseung Kwan O district;

(d) whether the authorities will plan to require the use of compressed and enclosed type of refuse collection vehicles to travel to and from the SENT Landfill, so as to prevent wastes from spattering and emitting odour during transportation; if so, of the details; if not, the reasons for that;

(e) given that the proposed extension of the SENT Landfill will cover 15.6 hectares of industrial land in Tseung Kwan O Area 137, of the original planned use for the site; whether the proposed extension of the landfill will affect the development potential of other industrial land lots in Area 137, and as a result, reduce the employment opportunities within the area for residents in the district;

(f) given that it has been reported that the authorities plan to supply the methane generated by the wastes in the SENT Landfill after its extension to the Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited ("Towngas") for conversion into gas, whether the authorities will request Towngas to reduce the tariff for Tseung Kwan O residents, so as to compensate for their being plagued by the environmental problems caused by the landfill for a long time; and

(g) given that the life of the SENT Landfill will be extended to 2019 after the proposed extension, whether the authorities have planned to further expand the area of the landfill, with a view to extending the life of the landfill again?

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(a) The development of the South East New Territories (SENT) Landfill started in the 1990s and was commissioned in 1994, and its operation has been assessed as meeting international standards.

Since 2005, the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has received complaints about odour problem in the Tseung Kwan O town and the related figures are as follows:

Year Figures
2005 106
2006 165
2007 459
2008 943
2009 629

Most of the complaints were received in hot and rainy months.

Apart from the SENT Landfill, there are potential sources of odour nuisance in Tseung Kwan O. In this connection, the District Officer of Sai Kung has established an inter-departmental working group comprising representatives from the Sai Kung District Office, EPD, Drainage Services Department, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD), District Lands Office and Highways Department. It aims to investigate and follow up on potential sources of odour under the purview of various departments with a view to abating the local odour nuisance. The working group has held a number of meetings, conducted joint inspections in Tseung Kwan O, and stepped up cleaning of the sites where odour may be emitted. We will continue our work on this front.

The EPD looks into each complaint about odour nuisance independently to identify the odour source. The EPD also informs the complainant of the investigation results of each case.

The EPD understands that Tseung Kwan O residents are concerned about the odour nuisance. The Department has stepped up odour management and control measures to further abate the potential odour impact of the Landfill. Such measures implemented so far include for example covering the tipping face with a thicker layer of soil at the end of the daily waste reception process; covering the non-active tipping face with temporary impermeable liner; setting up fixed deodorisers at the Landfill boundary; providing additional mobile deodorisers at the tipping area; putting a mobile cover on the special waste trench; and installing additional landfill gas extraction pipes and mobile landfill gas flares. The EPD will continue to implement the above measures. In addition, the Department is planning to construct an 800-metre wall along the boundary of the Landfill facing the industrial estate to abate environmental and visual impacts on the surrounding area. The EPD will also upgrade the existing facility for wheel washing to full-body vehicle washing facility to ensure that the entire body of every refuse collection vehicle is washed before leaving the Landfill.

(b) The Government has been working hard to promote waste reduction at source in recent years. Last year, the recovery rate of municipal solid waste has reached 49%. However, as we currently rely almost entirely on landfilling as our only means of waste disposal and the total municipal solid waste disposed of at landfill is about 9,000 tonnes per day, this has exerted pressure on our valuable landfill space. The proposed extension of the SENT Landfill (the proposed Extension) aims to continue an effective management of the municipal solid waste generated in Hong Kong every day when the existing SENT Landfill reaches its capacity. The EPD completed the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and traffic impact assessment on the proposed Extension in 2008. The EIA has studied in detail the potential environmental impacts of the proposed Extension, covering air quality (including odour), ecology, noise, waste management, water quality, landfill gas as well as landscape and visual impacts, and recommended effective mitigation measures. Apart from Tseung Kwan O, the study on air quality, noise and visual impacts also covered Siu Sai Wan area in northeast of Hong Kong Island. According to the EIA Report, with the implementation of the recommended mitigation measures, the anticipated environmental impacts are acceptable and will meet the relevant requirements under the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO) and its Technical Memorandum. The EIA was approved by the Authority in May 2008. The traffic impact assessment points out that the Landfill Extension will not have any adverse impact on the traffic. The EPD will ensure that the recommended mitigation measures will be strictly implemented, the works under the proposed Extension will comply with the conditions set out in the environmental permit issued under the EIAO, and the operation of the Landfill will not create any adverse impact on the residents nearby.

(c)According to the statistics for 2009, on average the SENT Landfill received about 1,050 vehicle loads daily, including about 510 vehicle loads of municipal solid waste.

According to the traffic impact assessment on the proposed Extension, the number of vehicles travelling to and from the Landfill Extension will be similar to that of vehicles travelling to and from the SENT Landfill at present. Therefore, the vehicular flow will be approximately the same upon the exhaustion of the SENT Landfill and the commissioning of the Landfill Extension. As such, the Landfill Extension will not create any adverse impact on the traffic. However, to abate effectively the odour from refuse collection vehicles, the EPD will implement a number of odour mitigation measures under the proposed Extension. They include enclosing entirely the weighbridge area, providing a vehicle washing facility at the exit from the Landfill Extension, and reminding drivers of refuse collection vehicles to take heed of hygiene and keep their vehicles clean.

(d) Currently there are three strategically located landfills in the territory. Coupled with seven refuse transfer stations, they form a solid waste disposal network which handles the waste generated daily by the community. Bulk waste transfer is adopted to avoid large number of small refuse collection vehicles travelling in the urban areas. The SENT Landfill mainly receives commercial, industrial as well as construction wastes from Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Sai Kung District and domestic waste from Tseung Kwan O and Sai Kung collected by private waste collectors. It is the private waste collectors' own commercial decisions to choose the types of their refuse collection vehicles. To reduce the environmental impacts of refuse collection vehicles, the EPD regularly draws the attention of the trade to road safety as well as the cleanliness and hygiene of their refuse collection vehicles at landfill liaison meetings. At the meetings of the inter-departmental working group, the EPD also refers the complaints about refuse collection vehicles received to the relevant departments for follow-up. Moreover, the EPD distributes leaflets to drivers of refuse collection vehicles on a monthly basis through the landfill contractors to remind the drivers of the operation practice of refuse collection vehicles, so that they can keep their vehicles clean and tidy. Under the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance, the FEHD may, with sufficient evidence, institute prosecutions against people concerned in case of refuse collection vehicles dirtying public roads.

(e) The 15.6 hectares of land in Tseung Kwan O Area 137 rezoned for the extension of the SENT Landfill as shown on the draft Tseung Kwan O Outline Zoning Plan No. S/TKO/18 was previously zoned "Other Specified Uses" annotated "Deep Waterfront Industry" ("OU(DWI)") on the earlier version of the Tseung Kwan O Outline Zoning Plan No. S/TKO/17. According to the Notes of the Outline Zoning Plan, the "OU(DWI)" zone is intended primarily for special industries which require marine access, access to deep water berths or water frontage. The subject area for the extension of the SENT Landfill is located inland which does not have access to the sea. Although part of the area in Area 137 is proposed for the extension of the SENT Landfill, the remaining area is still zoned as "OU(DWI)", which has an area of about 86.9 hectares of land with marine frontage unaffected to meet the long term need of deep waterfront industries.

(f) To utilise the landfill gas generated from the SENT Landfill more effectively, the EPD has been exploring a large-scale landfill gas recovery and utilisation project with the contractor of the SENT Landfill and the town gas producer. The EPD is studying its feasibility and contractual arrangements.

(g) We estimate that the SENT Landfill will reach its capacity in mid-2010s. We hope to complete the planning in time so that the SENT Landfill Extension can be commissioned immediately after the exhaustion of the SENT Landfill. Our current projection is that the Landfill Extension will reach its capacity in about six years, and then we can proceed with restoration and aftercare of the Landfill Extension. Apart from the proposed Extension, the Government has no plan to further expand the area of the SENT Landfill.
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Funding scheme on domestic food waste reduction and recycling launched
Government Press Release
Monday, July 4, 2011

The Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) today (July 4) rolled out a scheme to help housing estates reduce food waste and separate waste food at source.

Housing estates are encouraged to partner with non-government organisations to hold education and promotion programmes to raise residents' awareness of food waste reduction and engage their active participation in food waste recycling. The scheme also subsidises the installation and operation of on-site food waste treatment facilities at participating housing estates.

Food waste accounts for about one third (i.e. 3,000 tonnes) of the 9,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) disposed of at our landfills every day.

"The disposal of a large quantity of food waste at landfills is not sustainable. We hope that the funding scheme launched by the ECF for the reduction, collection and on-site treatment of food waste in housing estates can help raise public awareness, promote behavioural change, and reduce the disposal of food waste. The support of individual households is crucial to our effort to reduce the generation and disposal of food waste," a spokesman for the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) said.

The funding scheme is part of the Government's overall strategy to tackle food waste. Organic waste treatment facilities are being developed at Siu Ho Wan and Sha Ling to handle food wastes in bulk. At the same time, efforts are being made to encourage reduction of food waste and its proper treatment at source.

"Data collected and experience learned from participating estates can help us identify the factors for consideration in the wider promotion of food waste collection and recycling in Hong Kong. We hope the scheme will include a variety of housing in terms of their types, age and geographical areas so as to consolidate experiences for sharing in the future," the spokesman said,

The EPD will operate a help-desk service to provide technical advice to applicants during planning and implementation and assist them in identifying suitable places for locating their on-site food waste treatment facilities. To consolidate experience from the scheme, the help-desk service will also provide detailed operational guidelines and a reporting framework to help applicants conduct performance evaluation.

The Government announced in January 2011 a comprehensive action plan that includes a number of initiatives to reduce waste at source, coupled with modern waste treatment facilities and extension of landfills, to tackle the imminent waste problem using a multi-pronged approach. Through the ECF funding scheme, the EPD is encouraging housing estates to take concrete action to reduce food waste at source.

More information on the application procedures is available on the ECF website ( www.ecf.gov.hk ). Enquiries can be made through the hotline ( telephone number: 2788 5598 ) or email ( [email protected] ).
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Source Separation of Waste Programme receives good response
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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Over 500 representatives from property management companies, housing estates and commercial and industrial buildings joined a forum on source separation of waste and award presentation ceremony today (August 17). The event saw an enthusiastic response from those in attendance.

Officiating at today's event, the Permanent Secretary for the Environment/Director of Environmental Protection, Ms Anissa Wong, thanked the property management trade and the general public for their support for waste recycling and recovery, which had helped boost the domestic waste recovery rate from 14 per cent in 2004 to 35 per cent in 2009. Over the same period, domestic waste disposed of at landfills decreased by 15 per cent.

During the event, participants with outstanding performance in source separation last year were presented with awards and commendation certificates, and the representative from the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) shared with participants the latest developments in food waste recycling at housing estates. There was also a preview of the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre's environmental education drama, which will be staged in primary and secondary schools in the coming school year.

Since the launch of the Source Separation of Waste Programme in January 2005, over 1 700 housing estates and 700 rural villages have signed up to join it, covering over 80 per cent of Hong Kong's population. In October 2007, the EPD extended the programme to industrial and commercial buildings, and so far over 700 such buildings have joined the programme.

In January this year, the Government announced its comprehensive and complete strategy and updated action plan to tackle the waste problem in Hong Kong using a multi-pronged approach. The promotion of waste reduction and recycling is one of the core elements of the waste management strategy. To further enhance public awareness and raise the municipal solid waste recovery rate to 55 per cent by 2015, the EPD will continue to work with other government departments, the property management sector, the Mass Transit Railway Corporation, green groups, schools and non-governmental organisations to develop a wider recycling network at the community level to encourage and facilitate the collection of recyclables in the community.

The Forum on Source Separation of Waste and award presentation ceremony was held jointly by the EPD, the Hong Kong Association of Property Management Companies and the Hong Kong Productivity Council. More details of the programme are available on the EPD's Hong Kong waste reduction website (www.wastereduction.gov.hk).
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Delay for landfill hearing as residents raise stink on time
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A public hearing on the planned expansion of the Tseung Kwan O landfill has been postponed by two weeks following a protest by residents.

The Town Planning Board postponed the meeting soon after convening it when around 80 residents showed up at the board's North Point offices to demand a month's delay to allow them to pore through around 1,000 pages of documents that they received only less than a week ago.

The meeting is to evaluate the government's proposal to extend the landfill by 13 hectares.

District councillor Christine Fong Kwok-shan said only a few residents were given the papers on top of the limited time.

She accused the board of holding a fake consultation.

Her colleague, Raymond Ho Man- kit, called the hearing a conspiracy.

"How can the opponents absorb the information within a week? The planned extension stinks, and now the board wants to rub it in," said Ho, adding that enough residents as it is are already complaining about the bad smell from the dump and the traffic congestion caused by dump trucks.

Board chairman Thomas Chow Tat- ming hit back at the claims.

He said among the documents are a number of public submissions - most of them identical copies signed under different names. If approved, the board will submit the expansion plan to the Executive Council by April.

After a short meeting the board decided to postpone the hearing to November 30.

A board spokeswoman said this would give time to study the documents.

"Our usual practise is to send stakeholders the relevant information a week before a public hearing," she said.
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Emotions delay landfill decision
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Thursday, December 01, 2011

The future of the Tseung Kwan O landfill hangs in the balance, with Town Planning Board members yet to make up their minds about a government move to expand it.

The board met yesterday to discuss the issue but the meeting was postponed when some residents became emotional.

About 40 Tseung Kwan O residents, accompanied by district councillors, protested outside the Town Planning Board's office in North Point yesterday.

They said the expansion will make the area unhygienic and affect the health of residents. They called on the government to have further consultations.

Sai Kung district councillor Raymond Ho Man-kit told the meeting that extending the 13-hectare landfill is unreasonable as local residents have already been suffering for a long time from the existing one.

"The atmosphere at the meeting became quite tense as some residents got very emotional, claiming their health was at risk," he said.

Nearly 400,000 people living in Tseung Kwan O will be affected.

In addition to the foul smell, residents of the area said they were affected by the traffic congestion caused by dumptrucks going to and from the site.

The board had to postpone the meeting after residents complained they had not had sufficient time to pore through almost 1,000 pages of documents which they received less than a week ago.

Residents also accused the board and district councillors of holding a fake consultation.

Ho said that even though the meeting was postponed, residents felt that the time was still not sufficient for them to go through all the documents.

Once the board approves the extension of the landfill, the plan will be submitted to the Executive Council by April next year.

The size of the Tseung Kwan O Area 137 extension was reduced to 13 hectares from the originally proposed 15.6 hectares.

Responding to concerns raised by residents, the government earlier said that the landfill extension will only be used for odorless waste - such as construction material.
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