According to the "Monitoring of Solid
Waste in Hong Kong 2016” released by the Environmental Protection
Department (EPD), in that year Hong Kong generated around 10,345 tonnes of municipalsolid waste (MSW)every day. Among the quantity of MSW disposal, over 30% was
recyclable food waste,and plastics and paper each accounted for an additional 20%. The landfills will soon be exhausted with the continuous large amount of waste
disposed daily. Plastic waste is also polluting our
oceans and the food chain. The government has introduced the MSW Charging
Scheme which can create financial incentive to drive behavioural changes in
waste generation thus reducing the overall amount of waste required for
disposal. In order to prepare the public for the approaching scheme, FoE (HK)
launched the Environmental and Conservation Fund-sponsored ‘Municipal Solid Waste Audit and Waste
Reduction at School’ scheme in October 2018.The project will strengthen the understanding
on the importance of waste reduction at source among teachers and students through
simulation of a small community and various activities, and at the same time raise
their awareness of the MSW Charging Scheme.
With participation of eight local primary schools, the name of participate schools as below,
Kowloon Tong School (Primary Section)
C.C.C. Chun Kwong Primary School
Chinese Methodist School, Tanner Hill
Shek Lei St. John's Catholic Primary School
Ying Wa Primary School
Xianggang Putonghua Yanxishe Pri. Sch. of Science and Creativity
S.K.H. Holy Cross Primary School S.K.H.
Yautong Kei Hin Primary School
The scheme aims to engage students in understanding the
waste problem in their schools by auditing the waste and recyclables generated.
The scheme also targets promotion of waste reduction, reuse and
recycling, while helping schools to prepare for the MSW Charging Scheme. This programme aims at reducing the amount of waste in
participating schools by 5%, while recycling right and clean, with elimination
of recyclable plastic and paper from disposable waste.
The programme includes events such as waste audits and recyclables assessments, student ambassador training, school talks, waste reduction contests, and the issuing of mock monthly solid waste charging bills to schools according to the amount of waste produced.
ECF- sponsored ‘Municipal Solid Waste Audit and Waste Reduction at School’
scheme in eight school is successful ended by July. According to the audit
results, the average waste reduction from December 2018 to March 2019 by the
eight schools is 13%, which is higher than the 5% target. Although the
programme is at its final stage, we hope all participants will remember and
spread the green living message of reducing waste at source and clean recycling.