Date
12 December 2017
Debate has begun over what to do with some of Hong Kong's restored landfill sites. Photo: Bloomberg
Debate has begun over what to do with some of Hong Kong's restored landfill sites. Photo: Bloomberg

NGOs spy wealth of potential in former rubbish dumps

One city’s trash could be a non-profit’s treasure as community groups size up six Hong Kong landfill sites for projects ranging from cricket grounds to vegetable patches, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Friday. 

The HK$1 billion Restored Landfill Revitalization Funding Scheme is expected to start taking submissions from NGOs and the Hong Kong Sports Institute by the year end on their ideas for the 19 hectares of land.

The report cited one unidentified expert as saying the sites could in theory be used to grow vegetables but biogas emissions would mean people couldn’t live there.

The government will soon name a steering committee with representatives from sport, the districts affected, social services, construction and engineering, as well as environmental protection. They will be responsible advising on, approving and monitoring construction projects and site use.

The report cited Leung Che-cheung, chairman of Yuen Long District Council, as saying that some organizations have contacted the council to use the land for farming, while others had suggested using the land as a cricket training ground for minorities.

“The landfills are best suited to agriculture because the lack of transport means it’s not a convenient place for sporting activities, ” Leung said.

But other district councils said it would be better to  build recreational facilities on the sites.

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