Date
24 September 2017
Workers load garbage into a machine at a public waste facility. By 2016, Hong Kong households could start paying for their own waste. Photo: HKEJ
Workers load garbage into a machine at a public waste facility. By 2016, Hong Kong households could start paying for their own waste. Photo: HKEJ

Hong Kong households to start paying for their own rubbish

Hong Kong’s 2.3 million households could soon start paying for the garbage they create, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

The Council for Sustainable Development (CSD) is recommending each household pay HK$30 (US$3.87) to HK$44 a month for waste management.

Also, it proposed closed-circuit TV cameras and street monitors to discourage dumping in public places.

The measures could start as early as 2016, the report said

CSD chairman Bernard Chan said the public generally supports the proposal, as well as a plan to offer incentives to cut waste production at its source.

The announcement followed a public consultation on charges, coverage areas and recycling facilities.

Under the plan, households will be given special rubbish bags to help them calculate how much they should pay.

Communities will be encouraged to recycle waste and promote efficient garbage disposal.

Meanwhile, a grace period will allow building managers enough time to come up with ways to implement the scheme.

Frances Yeung, a senior environmental officer in Friends of the Earth (HK), said Hong Kong could emulate South Korea in the way it monitors waste disposal through closed-circuit street cameras.

However, she said differences between the two cultures should be considered if Hong Kong goes ahead with the plan.

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