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Recyclers to spend HK$61m at new park

Three recyclers will invest up to HK$61 million to recover and recycle plastic, rubber tyres and wooden waste after they were awarded land at the newly established Eco-Park


The trio are Jets Technics Limited, which will turn tyres into mattresses, Telford Envirotech, which shreds plastics into pellets for reuse, and Hung Wai Wooden Board, which reprocesses wooden waste into chipboard. They were awarded 10-year land leases at monthly rents of HK$11 to HK$21 per square metre.

The sites total 19,500 square metres, out of eight hectares of land put forward for public tender earlier this year. The Eco Park in Tuen Mun, with a total size of 20 hectares and costing HK$319 million to build, will come into operation in phases. Environment officials hope it will help divert waste from shrinking landfills.

The three recyclers, picked from a dozen bidders, will be required to handle at least 6,000 tonnes of plastic, 2,000 tonnes of wood and 8,000 tonnes of tyres a year, starting from next year.

Next month, officials expect to invite recyclers in plastics, organic waste and electronic and electrical waste to bid for the remaining 12 hectares.

"By encouraging and promoting the reuse, recovery and recycling of our waste resources and returning them to the consumption loop, the Eco Park will help to develop a circular economy within Hong Kong," said Environmental Protection Department director Anissa Wong Sean-yee, who signed contracts with the three recyclers yesterday.

Latest EPD figures show 7,300 tonnes of tyres, 118,625 tonnes of wood waste and 623,785 tonnes of plastics are sent to landfills each year.

Under the terms of the contracts, the three operators will be required to collect waste locally at their own cost and will not be allowed to use imported waste unless they have met the minimum recycling targets and gain approval from the Environmental Protection Department.
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it is very surprising that that the Government does not introduce LAWS requiring the provision of recycling bins in every building of over XX units. For recycling to really work it must be very easy so even the non-greenies find it as easy as just throwing it away. If there is a law requiring waste stream provision then building owners will find a way (difficult but not impossible), if not then only a handful of treehuggers will walk the few hundred metres to the re-cycling bins.

HK Government seem to be all carrot and no stick
I would agree it would be difficult to enforce a law that required recycling (except for hazardous material - e.g. old engine oil) but the provision of recycling points is wowfully below other advanced cities. End of the street recycling bins is only good enough to attached a small % of users. Ideally laws should mandate that EVERY building must stream biodegradable, paper, plastic, metal and glass waste. Probably extend landfill life by 10 years.
so would agree that legislation forcing all buildings to have waste stream would have a significant impact in improving the amount of recycling done in our city? Or is living within 400 mtrs of some over full bins good enough?
Surely the energy efficiency performance of domestic buildings are lower now than they were 70 years ago. All carrot and no stick makes for a lazy donkey
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