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Reduction of Food Waste

142.         Food waste imposes a heavy burden on our landfills as it accounts for about 40% of total waste disposed of in landfills. In addition, odour from food waste creates nuisance to nearby residents. The Government has recently launched the "Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign" to mobilise the public as well as the industrial and commercial sectors to reduce food waste. We will build modern facilities in phases for recovery of organic waste so that it can be converted into energy, compost and other products.

Support for Recycling Industry

143.         In my Manifesto, I proposed to promote vigorously the development of the recycling industry. Since most of the recyclable materials are exported through the public cargo working area, the Government will consider identifying suitable berths for bidding by the recycling industry for their exclusive use so that there will be stable provision of export facilities. We will consult the sector and stakeholders on the proposal.

Municipal Solid Waste Charging

144.         According to the findings of a public consultation conducted by the Government early last year, the public generally supported the introduction of a quantity-based waste charging system. To work out the implementation details and develop complementary measures, we have invited the Council for Sustainable Development, through its public engagement efforts, to devise a viable charging system jointly with members of the public.


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