A Throwaway Society That's Full to Overflowing

Feb 8, 2021 8:15 AM ET

Hong Kong is still a throwaway society, despite a growing environment awareness in recent years. Every day – shockingly – the city generates enough municipal solid waste to fill four Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Waste management is an increasing hot topic as Hong Kong’s three landfill sites stay on course to reach their capacity within a few years. As a result of insufficient waste infrastructure, landfill remains the major method of waste disposal.

According to the Environmental Protection Department (EPD), Hong Kong generated about 11,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day in 2019, the highest per-capita rate of any major Asian city.

The mounting trash problem not only makes Hong Kong’s land scarcity more acute but is also a significant obstacle to protecting the environment in the longer term…

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