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Recycling 循環再造

©2009 SpatioEpi.com
Data source: Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, HKSAR Government
Map created by CUHK SpatioEpi Group

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The map shows recyclables collection points (from Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, HKSAR Government) in Eastern district, Hong Kong. At each collection point, recycle bins are displayed in three different colours, for paper (blue bin), metal containers (yellow bin) and plastic materials (brown bin). Most of the bins are close to buildings (in light blue polygons) and are accessible to where people live or work.

Recycling is but one of the waste reduction measures in urban setting. It normally requires changing a small part of one's life style, such as categorising home wastes and placing the recyclable items into appropriate recycle bins.

Accumulation of domestic waste is an emerging problem in our society. If unchecked, the continued growth in wasteloads means that Hong Kong will soon be running out of landfill capacity. It is estimated that the current landfills will be saturated by 2010.

圖示香港東區廢物分類回收點的位置(資料由食物及環境衛生署提供)。每處回收點均設置三種不同顏色的回收桶:廢紙(籃色桶)、金屬(黃色)及廢膠(褐色 )。大部份回收桶位置接近建築物(淺藍色多角形 ),亦即民居或工作間。

循環再造只是減少廢物措施中的一部份,相對容易執行,只要稍為改變生活習慣便可。程序上,只需先將家居垃圾分類,再把可以循環再造的物件放入適當的回收桶內。

囤積家居廢物是漸趨嚴重的社會問題,如果我們再不改變當前的形勢,持續增長的廢物量會令香港堆填區不勝負荷。據估計,全港的堆填區將於2010年左右全面飽和。