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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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Govt phases out roadside recycling bins
RTHK Excerpt
Nov 28, 2022

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has confirmed reports that it's phasing out roadside recycling bins for urban areas.

In a written reply to RTHK on Monday, the department explained that it had earlier reviewed the effectiveness of the bins, after an Ombudsman report in April found that they were often mistaken as rubbish cans.

The EPD pointed out that some materials received through the bins were laced with food or beverage which would then pollute other items meant for recycling.

It also noted that many people living in urban areas now use recycling points under its [email protected] network instead, and the role of urban roadside recycling bins has diminished.

"To boost the overall quality and efficiency of recycling, the EPD began in June 2022 to gradually remove roadside recycling bins in urban areas," officials said, adding that they have taken away about 300 sets of these bins and expect to remove all of them by the end of this year.

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Tougher fines for litterbugs
The Standard Excerpt
Dec 7, 2022

Litterbugs could face fines of HK$3,000 - double the current amount - while the fine for shop fronts extending illegally on pavements could rise to HK$6,000 compared to HK$1,500 now.

This follows on from Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu saying in his first policy address in October that his administration would conduct a comprehensive review of statutory powers and penalties concerning environmental hygiene.

The first stage is to consult the Legislative Council imminently on proposals to increase the current fixed penalties for littering and shop-front extensions because fines for such offenses have been unchanged since 2003 and 2016 respectively.

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'Mishandling degradable plastics can hurt recycling'
RTHK Excerpt
March 13, 2023

The lack of regulatory standards for degradable plastics in Hong Kong could hamper recycling efforts and cause harm to the environment, a local green group has warned.

The Green Earth also said the SAR is falling "far behind" on policies for biodegradable plastics, and urged officials to act as soon as possible.

The call came after the organisation found all 12 samples of disposable plastic umbrella bags it tested between October and November last year - claimed to be able to break down - contained a non-biodegradable substance called polyethylene (PE).

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Glass bottle levy to take effect on Monday
RTHK Excerpt
April 30, 2023

Glass bottle suppliers will have to pay a recycling levy and register with the government before distributing their products, officials announced on Sunday.

The producer-pay scheme, which will take effect from Monday, is aimed at encouraging bottle suppliers to do more to recycle their containers.

Under the scheme, suppliers will have to pay a HK$0.98 levy for every one-litre bottle they distribute in the city, and register with the Environmental Protection Department before distributing them in Hong Kong.

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