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Old November 3rd, 2013, 02:39 PM   #61
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Landfill extension plan kickstarts waste disposal system overhaul
26 October 2013
South China Morning Post

The city's waste collection and disposal network and operation will undergo an overhaul to prepare for a proposed ban on smelly household waste at the Tseung Kwan O landfill.

Under the plan, devised to win support from nearby residents for an extension of the landfill, only construction refuse will be dumped there with all other waste being sent to tips in Tuen Mun and Ta Kwu Ling.

Disclosing the plan yesterday, the Environmental Protection Department said the diversion of an estimated 2,000 tonnes of waste a day would require the creation of about 30 new collection routes and would also push up costs.

At the same time, the government plans to spend about HK$18 million to help private operators fit tailgate covers and wastewater tanks to their trucks to reduce nuisance.

"This is an initiative we're launching that will benefit the whole of Hong Kong, and not just Tseung Kwan O residents," Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said.

The ban on offensive refuse in Tseung Kwan O was promised by environment officials as they tried in vain to win residents' support for extending the landfill - due to reach capacity in 2015.

The plan will also require opening up the Sha Tin refuse transfer station to private operators so they can dump their waste there after the ban takes effect. The station, one of seven across the city where waste is compressed before being moved to landfills, is now used only by government vehicles.

To encourage operators to use the stations, fees will be lowered from HK$40 to HK$30 at four - Island East, Western, West Kowloon and Sha Tin.

Tailgate covers and wastewater tanks will be mandatory on all collection vehicles. Officials plan to seek funding to give about 300 private operators HK$50,000 subsidies for the work.

An Environmental Protection Department spokeswoman said the government was still in the planning stages of rerouting the 150 rubbish collection trucks run by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department.

"Waste diversion is a big move and will need much discussion," she said. "A comprehensive system is needed."

Diverting waste to other sites will bring most transfer facilities close to their full capacity, so the government is now also searching for suitable sites in Kowloon East for more stations, preferably in rock caverns with sea access.

Legal amendments and funding requests for the diversion plan as well as the retrofit of waste vehicles will be submitted to the legislature by the end of the year.

But an official, speaking anonymously, said all the plans hinged on whether the funding application for extensions of all three of the city's landfills were approved by the Legislative Council. They will be filed early next year.

"We know landfills are not the best way to deal with waste, but as other facilities take time to build, we need to expand our landfills for now," she said.

The government has said it needed the extensions to take rubbish until a planned incinerator - itself a controversial project - could be built.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 03:32 PM   #62
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'Sneaky' plan for landfills is withdrawn
11 January 2014
South China Morning Post

Attempts by the government to expand the city's landfills suffered another setback yesterday after it was forced to withdraw funding applications in the Legislative Council.

The three applications for preparatory work on the expansion plans were part of a HK$12.2 billion reserve fund proposal to be voted on by the Legco Finance Committee.

Permanent Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Elizabeth Tse Man-yee and Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing withdrew the HK$27 million items before they were put to vote, citing controversies and misunderstanding.

Their move followed criticism by lawmakers that they were "sneaky" in trying to put the proposals through the annual reserve fund, enabling them to bypass legislators who oversee environmental affairs.

The government wants to expand the landfills in Tseung Kwan O, Ta Kwu Ling and Tuen Mun - which will all be full by 2019 - to take waste until a planned incinerator is ready.

Strong opposition forced Wong to shelve the Tseung Kwan O proposal in July, while legislators also decided to delay discussion of the Ta Kwu Ling and Tuen Mun plans.

Yesterday's proposal sought funding for a consultancy study on the design and construction of the Tseung Kwan O landfill expansion, and compensation for acquiring land for the Ta Kwu Ling landfill. Wong said the cash would not be used until Legco approved the expansion plans.

The government also wanted to study the feasibility of improving roads leading to the Tuen Mun landfill, as requested by the district council. Democratic Party lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan, also a Tuen Mun district councillor, said the government should have got approval from the district council before presenting the plans to Legco. "The pretext of the preparation work was that the expansion would go ahead, and that is not agreed by the district council," he said.

Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, of the Labour Party, said the government's move was inappropriate. "If we passed these items, but then the landfill expansions could not go ahead, it would be a waste of public resources," he said.

Lawmakers also wanted the government to withdraw another item for the proposed incinerator, but Tse said the study had already begun so they could no longer take it away. It was passed together with other applications.

Wong said the studies did not mean the expansions would go ahead. "We still need to submit our proposals to Legco," he said. "The lawmakers raised their opposition too late, making communication difficult."

He said he did not expect such controversies and the withdrawal was for the "overall interest", as other items in the reserve fund proposal could be stalled if it was not passed. "We included the items in the proposal according to existing mechanisms. I'm surprised it sparked controversy."

The government would continue to talk to district councils and submit an overall waste management plan to Legco before March, Wong said.
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Old March 30th, 2014, 10:15 AM   #63
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No Nimbys in our backyard, says Dutch delegation
29 March 2014
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong should take a page out of the Netherlands’ book and refrain from paying compensation to residents near the site of a planned incinerator, Dutch officials and waste-management companies have advised.

Herman Huisman, senior adviser on international co-operation for the Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, said Hong Kong needed to eliminate the “Nimby” (not in my backyard) public attitudes on environmental issues.

“In the Netherlands, we decided not to compensate people near incinerators because it was proven that there were no negative effects,” said Huisman. “In our country, there is no Nimby.”

Environment secretary Wong Kam-sing said earlier this month that there might be no need to compensate people near the planned 3,000-tonne Shek Kwu Chau facility.

He made the comments after touring Europe to learn about the latest thermal waste treatment technologies. The tour included a stop in Amsterdam.

The government is considering providing extra community facilities to residents near the site, but forms of financial compensation, such as waste charge waivers or electricity subsidies appear to have been ruled out.

The Dutch delegation arrived this week to share knowledge and expertise on waste management and incineration technology with officials from the Environment Bureau as part of two-year agreement signed last year.

Another Dutch delegation will arrive in May to present designs and technologies that could be put up for public tender.

The government is seeking funding approval for a HK$18.2 billion waste-to-energy moving-grate system that converts waste to ash, flue gas and heat.

Huisman said that in the 1990s, the Netherlands’ landfills were overflowing and its recycling industry was fragmented. Public education and incentives turned the situation around.

About 80 per cent of the Netherlands’ waste is now recycled, while 16 per cent is incinerated and turned into energy at 12 facilities in the country. Just 4 per cent goes to landfills – compared to 52 per cent in Hong Kong.

Huisman said those who believed incinerators were a threat to the environment had an “ignorance of modern technology”.

Wilfred Mohr, consul general of the Netherlands in Hong Kong, said a waste-to-energy incinerator would reduce dependence on “cheap landfilling” while also providing fuel. “Time is Hong Kong’s biggest challenge. Many people don’t realise that the landfills will soon reach capacity.”

A World Green Organisation survey found one in five adults were aware that the city’s landfills would start reaching capacity next year. Only 7 per cent of 1,005 respondents were aware it took eight years to build an incinerator. The landfills in Tseung Kwan O, Ta Kwu Ling and Tuen Mun are expected to hit capacity by 2015, 2017 and 2019 respectively.
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Old March 30th, 2014, 10:16 AM   #64
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Landfill expansion, incinerator plans clear first hurdle
29 March 2014
South China Morning Post

Government scores rare victory after previous requests to fund waste solution were rebuffed

Controversial plans to deal with Hong Kong’s mountain of waste cleared an early hurdle yesterday.

The expansion of three landfills and construction of an incinerator at an island off Lantau won approval from the Legislative Council’s environmental affairs panel.

The plans must now be passed by Legco’s public works subcommittee before funding approval is sought from the Finance Committee.

It was a rare victory for the government, which has had previous funding requests rebuffed. The government has argued that the projects are crucial to the city’s long-term waste-management plans.

It faced accusations of tyranny yesterday after presenting the four proposals as a package for a single vote.

Lawmakers generally supported construction of the incinerator on reclaimed land at Shek Kwu Chau, a plan opposed by people who live on nearby islands. Pan-democrats, including members of the Democratic Party, NeoDemocrats, and Civic Party, were against the proposal to expand landfills in Tseung Kwan O, Tuen Mun and Ta Kwu Ling.

The panel cleared the plans by nine votes to six with the backing of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong and the Business and Professionals Alliance.

Liberal Party lawmakers were absent and Cyd Ho Sau-lan, of the Labour Party, did not vote because she is the panel’s chairwoman.

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said the bureau would submit its plan to the public works subcommittee next month. He said both the incinerator and the landfill expansions were necessary to manage Hong Kong’s waste. All three landfills are projected to be full by 2019 on current trends.

“Many members of the public understand that there is a need for the expansion of the three landfills and the construction of the incinerator, so it’s not without public support,” Wong said.

Lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah of the Civic Party accused the government of being tyrannical because it had bundled the four plans together.

DAB lawmaker Elizabeth Quat said the government should work on rebuilding trust with residents near the landfills.

Fellow DAB member Gary Chan Hak-kan said the party would monitor how the government was reducing waste and improving the environment in districts with landfills before deciding how it would vote in the public works subcommittee.

Before the meeting, lawmaker Gary Fan Kwok-wai protested outside with Sai Kung district councillors against the expansion of the landfill in Tseung Kwan O. His motion opposing expansion of that landfill was voted down. Another motion against expanding all three landfills was also defeated.
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Old April 9th, 2014, 11:16 AM   #65
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Food waste treatment plant through to final hurdle
9 April 2014
South China Morning Post

Plans to build the city’s first organic waste treatment plant on northern Lantau received a boost yesterday when the government’s funding request passed the second of three votes.

The Legislative Council’s public works subcommittee voted 20-1 in favour of the request, which faces a final vote at Legco’s finance committee in June.

Scheduled for completion in late 2016, the HK$1.53 billion facility in Siu Ho Wan would handle up to 200 tonnes of food waste daily, turning it into biogas for use in electricity generation or compost. It would deal mainly with waste from West Kowloon and Kwai Chung, according to the Environment Bureau.

Lawmakers yesterday agreed the facility was essential but urged the government to closely monitor the costs of the scheme, which have already ballooned to more than three times the original estimate given in 2010 of HK$489 million.

Environmental Protection Department assistant director Elvis Au Wai-kwong said that work necessary to meet environmental requirements was in part to blame for the increase in cost.

Only Albert Chan Wai-yip of People Power, voted against the project, saying he doubted that public investment was needed. “The government should assist the industry in collecting food waste for treatment, instead of pouring money into building a treatment plant,” he said.

At present, food waste is disposed of at landfills. Of the 9,300 tonnes of municipal solid waste dumped at landfills every day, food waste accounts for about 3,337 tonnes, or 36 per cent.

This includes 810 tonnes generated from restaurants, markets, and food production industries.

The government plans to build up to six food waste treatment plants in the next 10 years.
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Old May 27th, 2014, 04:06 PM   #66
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Heat rises in crunch time on incinerator
27 May 2014
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Lantau residents and primary students will be watching with bated breath to see if their efforts to drum up opposition to the planned HK$18 billion waste incinerator at Shek Kwu Chau will see the project being mothballed.

Funding for the mega-incinerator _ which is expected to produce 1,000 tonnes of ash a day that will be transported to the Tseung Kwan O landfill _ will be discussed at the Legislative Council's public works subcommittee today.

``The incinerator will have a huge impact on Discovery Bay,'' Lantau residents said in a posting on the DB Green website, ``and it is in our best interests to be aware of the issues and make your voice heard via the petitions, the protest, etc.''

On the eve of the ``very critical'' meeting, a protest rally was organized and led by English Schools Foundation primary students at the harbor end of the Legislative Council building.

Waving placards and shouting slogans, the students handed in hundreds of signatures in support of their cause to Civic Party legislator Kenneth Chan Ka- lok, who represents Hong Kong Island.

The incinerator project will be another test for filibustering lawmakers who lost out last week when funding for the HK$2 billion extension of Tseung Kwan O landfill was approved by the subcommittee.

Sustainable development advocates are not confident that lawmakers in the public works subcommittee will vote against the incinerator, however.

``They need the landfill expansion to handle, one, all the other wastes and, two, all the ash from the incinerator,'' said Living Islands Movement chairman Martin Pearse.

The ash is ``toxic and they have to handle it very carefully,'' Pearse said.

He said there is ``no good information'' from the government about how it will handle the ash, adding the government only said it will meet European Union standards.

``The ash that comes out of the current incinerator technology is a problem, which will be transported by barge from the proposed offshore island through the shipping channels near Tsuen Wan to the west New Territories landfill,'' he said.
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Hong Kong lawmakers approve HK$7.5b Ta Kwu Ling landfill expansion, Tuen Mun study
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3 December 2014



Environment officials had another victory yesterday, securing funding for an extension to the Ta Kwu Ling landfill and a study into expanding the Tuen Mun tip.

The Legislative Council's Finance Committee approved the controversial HK$7.5 billion plan to expand the New Territories landfill, which officials had said would reach capacity by 2017.

Lawmakers will vote on a proposal to build a HK$19.2 billion incinerator on an artificial island near Shek Kwu Chau on Friday.

Officials can now proceed with the expansion plan for Ta Kwu Ling, which will add 70 hectares to the landfill and capacity for another 19 million cubic metres of waste. The building work is expected to be tendered out by the end of the year, and the extension should open by 2018.

Last week, lawmakers approved funding for the HK$2.1 billion expansion of the Tseung Kwan O tip, triggering outrage from residents who said they were considering legal action.

Both of the landfill projects had been delayed for over six weeks by filibustering.
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A waste-to-energy journey
July 17, 2016
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T•PARK, Hong Kong's first self-sustained sludge treatment facility, is open to the public, with guided tours and spa pools available for reservation. Visitors can explore the park's environmental features and educational and leisure facilities to learn about the city's sludge treatment and experience the “waste-to-energy” process.

One of the most technologically advanced facilities of its kind in the world, T•PARK near Tuen Mun combines advanced technologies into a single complex to treat up to 2,000 tonnes of waste per day. It also comprises power generation, desalination, educational and ecological facilities.

Environmental Protection Department Environmental Protection Officer Cary Wan said the park's advanced incineration system can reduce sludge, the sediment deposited during the treatment of sewage, by 90%, thereby substantially reducing landfill loads.

"The T in T•PARK stands for transformation, which means the heat energy generated from the incineration process is recovered and turned into electricity that can support the needs of the entire facility.

"We want to use this as an example, to call on the public to deepen their efforts in energy saving and waste reduction."

The park has educational and leisure facilities to boost public awareness on the importance of waste reduction at source.

The heat generated during sludge incineration can be recovered for electricity generation to meet on-site needs. The surplus power generated can meet the needs of up to 4,000 households.

The park treats and reuses wastewater for irrigation, flushing and cleaning. Its seawater desalination plant produces fresh water for use on site and rainwater is also collected for non-potable use.

The heat energy recovered from the incineration process warms the park's three spa pools. They are set at hot, ambient and cool temperatures, and have sea views of Deep Bay, making the park a perfect place to relax and refresh.

More : https://www.tpark.hk/en/
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Old October 16th, 2016, 07:38 PM   #69
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May 20, 2016
Sludge incinerating facility to offer free spa services

Hong Kong people can look forward to enjoying complimentary spa services soon at T•PARK, the city’s first self-sustained sludge treatment facility that opened Thursday in Tuen Mun.

Located in the Tsang Tsui area, T•PARK boasts sludge incinerators with treatment capacity of up to 2,000 tons of sludge per day.

It comes with power generation and desalination units, as well as some educational and ecological facilities, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

Chief executive Leung Chun-ying and Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing officiated at the opening ceremony of the seven-hectare plant yesterday.

T•PARK will collect and incinerate an average of 1,200 tons of sludge produced from 11 sewage treatment works across Hong Kong on a daily basis. Sewage sludge is used as fuel. The heat energy produced from the sludge incineration process is recovered and converted into electricity.

The treatment process is said to be able to considerably cut the volume of waste to be disposed of in the landfills in Western New Territories by up to 90 percent.

Wong said the waste treatment facility is self-sustainable and that the desalination process produces zero greenhouse gas emission into the atmosphere.

The plant used many recycled materials. The tables and bench chairs laid outside the plant, for instance, were made from wood taken from the old Wan Chai Pier.

Supported by the heat-energy recovered from the sludge incineration process, the plant houses three spa pools bearing different temperatures — hot (40 degrees Celsius), ambient (25 degrees Celsius) and cool (15 degrees Celsius) — while offering users sea view of Deep Bay.

The spa facilities can house up to 100 people. Each session will last 1.5 hours.

As the park is at a remote location, there will be free shuttle buses taking users to and from the facility from V City Shopping Mall in Tuen Mun. The bus journey will take about 20 minutes.

T•PARK had been scheduled for completion in 2012, but was finished only last year. The facility, which project cost increased by HK$300 million from an initial outlay, will be open to the public from June 29.
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