WHERE ARE WE NOW

Hong Kong Government studies we show we produce significantly more waste than Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei and need a comprehensive waste management strategy. However, instead of improving per targets set in 2013 our waste management performance has worsened. Even though the scale of the recycling industry is low, local community and business efforts are beginning to emerge, enhancing the prospects for Hong Kong to become a use less, waste less society.

MEASURES PROPOSED BUT NOT IMPLEMENTED

INEFFECTIVE MEASURES

LOCAL COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS EFFORTS

WHERE WE NEED TO GET TO

The final goal is for the circular economy to replace the current make-use-dispose model – We need to re-conceptualise waste as being a resource that can create new value, so that we are less dependent on new resources and inputs. To devise creative waste management solutions, the government needs to be more proactive in pushing forward policies and regulations, and create positive synergy between itself, the business sector, and local communities.

Part of our difficulty has been that Hong Kong does not have a ‘complete economy’ and so needs better co-operation with Mainland China if it is to recycle. For example, we import drinks in glass bottles from the Mainland rather than manufacture them in Hong Kong. Initiatives to send, clean glass from used bottles back to China so they can used to manufacture new have been thwarted by China’s restrictions on importing waste.

THE CHANGE WE NEED

Changes are necessary across Government, Commercial and Individual level, please scroll down to explore how we can all contribute.

Government

Proactively push forward ambitious waste reduction policy measures. Work with the Mainland so that Hong Kong becomes part of its circular economy.

Commercial

Design items that can be repaired, reused, and recycled.

Individuals

Actively recycle, and bring reusable containers and bags when shopping.

Your Carbon Footprint

Just as walking on sand leaves a footprint, burning fuel for human activity leaves greenhouse gases in the air, creating a carbon footprint. Everything we have, use, and consume, from food to clothes to transportation, is intimately linked to Hong Kong’s overall emissions figure.

According to WWF, if everyone on Earth led the same lifestyle as we do in Hong Kong, 4.2 Earths would be required to fulfil our resource need.