Waste Handling

-Jay Man Pak Him
Keywords: Waste, Recycling business, community recycling

1.1 Waste

Hong Kong produces around 6.4 million tonnes of waste each year but is capable only to collect and process only a small amount of recyclable waste. Landfills are estimated to be saturated by 2019. Among all the types of waste, food, plastics and paper take up the biggest amounts.

1.2 Recycling Business

Kwai Chung has a system of recycling business which includes transportation from the Gin Drinkers Bay Public Cargo Working Areas to the industrial areas. In the district, most of the recycling stations recycle metals followed by paper and plastic as these materials contribute to the biggest value of recycled materials.

The recycling stations are mostly located on the ground floor of industrial buildings which will allow for easy loading and unloading of the recyclables.
2.1 Community recycling There are some existing support facilities in Kwai Tsing, including the Community Green Station, led by the New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. These centers offer online and face to face workshops about environmental friendly handmaking products and talk about energy-saving measures.

Opportunities and Constraints


Not fully implemented Policies of Waste Management
e.g. Producer Responsibility Schemes, Municipal Solid Waste Charging Scheme

Highly Contaminated Local Waste Feedstock
86% Recyclers processed plastic waste without washing

Limited Supply of Affordable Land
market rent of industrial land for recycling could be as high as HK$235/sq.m, 10 times above EcoPark

Limited Recycling Infrastructure
Paper: no paper mills for production of recycled paper
Plastic: existing plastic recycling facilities could process 12% of the waste



More Infrastructure and Better Working Conditions
E.g. EcoPark (small-scale)
-> more territorial job opportunities

Supply of Affordable Land & Integration of Facilities
more short-term/ medium-term tenancy sites (current 17)
more berths in public cargo working areas (current 16)
-> more stable income & business model

Remodelling of the Recycling Business Model
Collaboration between community members to create art out of recycled waste
-> stronger local social cohesion