CE gos to Lai Chi Wo and checks recycling facilities in various districts in New Territories (with photos/video)

The President, Mrs Carrie Lam, went to Lai Chi Wo today (February 27) for more information about the work of the Countryside Preservation Workplace (CCO) under the Environmental Management Department (EPD) in co-ordinating countryside preservation projects and promoting the sustainable advancement of remote countryside areas. She then checked out various recycling centers under the EPD and its professionals.

The CCO was developed in 2018, and $1 billion was allocated by the Government to support its deal with preservation of the remote countryside, with half of the financing devoted to small improvement works in remote countryside locations, and half booked for supporting non-profit-making organisations to promote preservation and revitalisation tasks in the remote countryside through the Countryside Preservation Financing Plan (CCFS). Mrs Lam and the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, visited Lai Chi Wo in the morning, and were informed by CCO coworkers on small improvement works carried out at Lai Chi Wo.

The appropriate works near Lai Chi Wo covered path remediation, public toilet enhancements, the commissioning of a consultancy research study on practical alternatives for enhancing sewage collection at Lai Chi Wo, carrying out geospatial analyses through photogrammetry to reveal the landscape, topography and facilities of Lai Chi Wo, and so on. A total of 17 jobs were authorized by the CCFS from the end of 2019 to February this year, of which 7 were related to Lai Chi Wo and its neighbouring towns with an aid totalling $33 million.

Mrs Lam likewise got a briefing from associates on the work to assist individuals who are interested in operating guesthouses and catering businesses at Lai Chi Wo to discuss with relevant departments matters relating to the application of licences. She said that as explained in the 2020 Policy Address Supplement, the Government will develop a set of licensing requirements and procedural guidelines developed specifically for guesthouses and catering organizations in countryside areas, having regard to the special nature and limitations of rural settings. Numerous government departments will support and co-operate with the appropriate work of the CCO to revitalise villages and promote eco-tourism. The CCFS promotes varied and innovative conservation jobs and activities, which will likewise assist develop more job chances in the green market.

After leaving Lai Chi Wo, Mrs Lam, accompanied by Mr Wong, went to the centers of EPD specialists supplying recycling services in relation to glass containers and plastics. To prepare for the complete implementation of the Manufacturer Responsibility Scheme on Glass Beverage Containers, the EPD’s glass management contractors have actually carried out complimentary collection and treatment services for waste glass containers across the territory considering that early2018 Mrs Lam visited the specialist accountable for the collection and treatment services for waste glass containers in Kowloon, noting that the quantity of waste glass containers gathered in 2018 has surpassed 13 000 tonnes since the start of the services, representing an increase of 60 per cent when compared with the volume gathered under the relevant voluntary recycling program in2017
In addition, the EPD has actually started a two-year pilot scheme on the collection and recycling of waste plastics in Eastern District, Kwun Tong and Sha Tin progressively because January in 2015. The pilot scheme can assist raise local recycling capabilities, support the advancement of the recycling market producing environmental-friendly items, and enhance the healing rate of waste plastics. Mrs Lam went to the specialist of the pilot scheme on recycling of waste plastics in Eastern District and Kwun Tong for more information about its plastics recycling facilities. She noted that because the pilot scheme began in Eastern District and Kwun Tong in January last year and July respectively, about 156 and 144 real estate estates and structures in the two respective districts have signed up for the pilot plan service as at January this year, covering about 47 percent and 73 percent of the population of Eastern District and Kwun Tong, achieving a collection volume of about 360 tonnes (for about a year) and 85 tonnes (for about half a year) respectively.

The last stop of the visit was the Tuen Mun Neighborhood Green Station (CGS), which is an EPD recycling station in Tuen Mun with smart waste bins and Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs). The system can instantly determine and record the weight of recyclables collected, and conserve recycle bonus points.

Mrs Lam noted that instantaneous refunds will be provided for each plastic beverage container effectively returned to an RVM.

The Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Recycling Fund, Mr Jimmy Kwok, likewise signed up with the check out to examine recycling centers with Mrs Lam and Mr Wong. The Recycling Fund was established in 2015 to promote the sustainable advancement of the recycling market, while the advisory committee would recommend and make recommendations to the Federal government on matters connecting to the general administration and operation of the fund. Mrs Lam was pleased to note that since its facility, the Recycling Fund has authorized 1 670 applications with an overall subsidy of about $600 million, involving numerous recyclable materials such as waste paper, plastics, metal, wood and food waste.

I conducted two visits to various recycling facilities of the EPD this month and note that the EPD has actually been leveraging development and innovation, combined with the enhancement of the awareness of waste reduction among members of the public, to broaden the recycling network in the neighborhood and the local recycling services, in order to accomplish the goal of transforming waste to energy and turning waste into resources. I think that the series of measures carried out in current years will take root to motivate clean recycling in the community and support green living practices of the public, help understand the vision of ‘Waste Decrease Resources Blood Circulation No Garbage dump’ set out in the Waste Blueprint for Hong Kong 2035, and support the move towards carbon neutrality in Hong Kong prior to 2050,” Mrs Lam said.

Ends/Saturday, February 27,2021

Released at HKT 20:47


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