In the densely populated city of Hong Kong, where land resources are rare, waste is a troublesome issue. According to the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department(EDP) Hong Kong is running out of landfill space far earlier than expected, and the existing landfills will be filled up, one by one, in mid to late 2010s if waste levels continue to increase at current levels.) Unless solutions are identified immediately, we could face a crisis in the next decade of having nowhere to put the thousands of tonnes of waste thrown away each day.
Operated by the EPD, 13 of 16 landfills were closed from 1988 to 1996. The 3 strategic landfills which are still operating, are located in the New Territories (Nim Wan, Tseung Kwan O and Ta Kwu Ling)
Landfill| Location| Acres| Opened| Capacity| Status|
West New Territories Landfill (WENT)| Nim Wan, Tuen Mun| 110| 1993| 61 million m³| Active| South East New Territories Landfill (SENT)| Tai Chik Sha, Tseung Kwan O| 100| 1994| 43| Active| North East New Territories Landfill (NENT)| Ta Kwu Ling| 61| 1995| 35| Active|
Who is affected
* pollution of the local environment such as contamination of groundwater * harbouring of disease vectors such as rats and flies simple nuisance problems (e.g., dust, odor, vermin, or noise pollution). This list is growing steadily as time passes. * pollution of the road from dirty wheels on vehicles when they leave the landfill. residents don’t like refuse trucks running along the road.
* problem on waste treatment will cause an enormous amount of cost for the public to bear, and many of our valuable resources will be wasted.
Tseung Kwan O residents
* Tseung Kwan O residents thought they could fulfill the hope for their ‘hometown’ that the Landfill will be saturated and no longer stink
The authorities is proposing to
include and plan 15 hectares of land as country parks
in exchange for 5...