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Reduce waste for sure 百廢待減

(added on 2011/08/30)

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


In 2009, the daily solid waste delivered to the 3 landfills in Hong Kong amounted to 13,326 tonnes, which can be categorized as municipal solid waste (domestic waste, commercial waste and industrial waste), construction waste and special waste. The map shows the spatial distribution, by district, of sources of solid waste, disposal locations and points for recycling in 2009.

Among the 18 districts, Sai Kung gave the highest total daily solid waste generated (2099 tpd, or tones per day), which was contributed largely by construction waste. Except Sai Kung, municipal solid waste was the main component for all districts, with Kwun Tong and Tuen Mun generating more construction waste. In 2009, 51% (327 million tonnes) of the municipal solid waste was landfilled while 49% (318 million tonnes) had been recycled. One percent was recycled locally by the recycling organizations. By the year 2018, all 3 landfills will be used up, even for the one with longest operation life. Only waste reduction and recycling can lengthen the operation life of landfill. How would you choose between: disposal, recycling, or waste reduction?

Data for this map came from the report "Monitoring of solid waste in Hong Kong - waste statistics for 2009" published by Environmental Protection Department of the Hong Kong Government. https://www.wastereduction.gov.hk/en/materials/info/msw2009.pdf



地圖資料源自香港政府環境保護署出版『香港固體廢物監察報告 - 二零零九年的統計數字』https://www.wastereduction.gov.hk/chi/materials/info/msw2009tc.pdf

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Waste reduction 減少廢物

Waste is a common problem of affluent societies. Like many other developed countries, the overall waste production in Hong Kong has grown together with the economy. The per capita level of municipal solid waste disposal has risen from 1.28 Kg per person per day in 1991, to 1.36 Kg in 2007. In 2009 it remained high at 1.18Kg, and was the highest amongst Asia's "Four Little Dragons". Although waste reduction often reminds one of recycling, minimising waste production at the first instance is a more crucial measure that everybody should adopt.


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