Solid Waste Management
69. Following the launch of the plastic bags levy scheme in July 2009, we will consult the public on the introduction of a Producer Responsibility Scheme for electrical and electronic equipment at the end of this year.
70. To properly process and dispose of a large amount of solid waste, we need to extend the landfills and construct Integrated Waste Management Facilities (IWMF), which will adopt advanced incineration technology. We are conducting feasibility and environmental impact assessment studies on the potential sites for IWMF at Shek Kwu Chau and Tsang Tsui Ash Lagoons in Tuen Mun. We will make a decision on the IWMF site by 2010.
71. To tackle the problem of increasing food waste in Hong Kong, we will construct a recycling centre in phases to process and recycle food waste generated by the commercial and industrial sectors into useful resources such as compost and biogas. The facility will be constructed at Siu Ho Wan on Lantau Island and Phase 1 is expected to come into operation around 2015.
72. To further reduce food waste and disposable lunch boxes, the ENB and Education Bureau will jointly invite all schools to sign a “green lunch” charter to encourage schools to stop using disposable containers and adopt the central portioning approach where possible. The Environment and Conservation Fund will provide a subsidy for schools to install the necessary equipment, while the standard design of new schools will cater for central portioning.