Hong Kong lacks food waste bins in eco-friendly push

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Official data showed that only 449 Smart Food Waste Bins were installed across the city as of mid-December last year, serving approximately 1,000 buildings. There are no smart recycling bins in Wan Chai District and Yau Tsim Mong District, while all private estates in Central and Western District, Southern District, Sham Shui Po, and Tai Po also lack such facilities.

The Environmental Protection Department previously announced that Smart Food Waste Bins would be installed in all public housing estates within this year to collect food waste. As for private housing courts, subsidy schemes are available to help them install food waste collection facilities.

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Issued on Jan 24, 2024

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Enjoy your disposable plastic-free takeaway as MTR steps up efforts to go plastic-free across its entire network

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Hong Kong’s first reusable food container lending machine for the public

MTR Corporation is providing a sustainable alternative to plastic single-use takeaway boxes in its reusable food-container self-service lending machine and collection machine at MTR Hong Kong Station, the first of its kind in the MTR network.

This pioneering initiative “Embarking on a Green Journey by Choosing to Reuse – Reusable Food Container Scheme”, is the extension of a reusable food packaging pilot scheme initiated by foodpanda Hong Kong (foodpanda) and World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) with support from the Environment and Conservation Fund.

The programme allows the general public to easily borrow and return reusable food containers, thereby empowering everyone to contribute to a more sustainable planet by living an eco-friendly and low-carbon lifestyle.

Apart from introducing the new self-service food container machine at Hong Kong Station, MTR Corporation has also added 2,000 reusable food containers into the programme, increasing the number of reusable food containers to 10,000.

After enjoying your meal, you can choose to keep the food container, or clean it and return it to the collection machine at Hong Kong Station, or any of the nine designated collection points on Hong Kong Island including the self-service collection machine in World-Wide House and Admiralty Centre, to retrieve your deposit.

Collected food containers will undergo thorough cleansing and sterilization by foodpanda in collaboration with gategroup Solutions Hong Kong Limited and Bright Services Company Limited, a social enterprise under SideBySide, after which they will be delivered to partner restaurants and the lending machine at Hong Kong Station.

An additional collection point at Sai Ying Pun Station will be available in the first quarter of next year, adding convenience for people to return their reusable containers.

At Shop 11A of Hong Kong Station, you will also find useful tips and messages by WWF on protecting the environment and reducing the use of plastics.


Nine designated collection points for reusable food containers on Hong Kong Island:

– Central Market, 2/F
– Standard Chartered Bank Building 1/F
– World-Wide House, G/F
– Phase 3, Pacific Place, B1/F
– Admiralty Centre, 1/F
– Lee Tung Avenue, B1/F
– Fashion Walk 1/F
– Phase 1, Exchange Square , 3/F
– Time Square, B5/F

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Issued on Dec 13, 2023

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Over 400 tonnes food waste collected in the first six months via trial scheme


More than 40 percent of residents used the smart recycling bins under the food waste collection trial scheme in public rental housing estates since last October, with over 400 tonnes of food waste collected.

The 18-month trial scheme, launched by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD), covered about 30 blocks in five public rental housing estates in Aberdeen, Ngau Tau Kok, Tseung Kwan O, Kennedy Town and Chai Wan in the first phase.

The scheme aims to encourage the practices of food waste source separation, collection and recycling, which can mitigate environmental hygiene problems and reduce the burden on landfills.


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Issued on July 09, 2023

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8,000 reusable takeaway boxes to be offered to reduce pollution


A non-government organization announced on Monday the launch of a food container recycling campaign, which aims to offer 8,000 reusable takeaway meal boxes for diners.

Under the 11-month-period scheme planned by World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong and in cooperation with 40 restaurants and the online food delivery platform Foodpanda, customers could choose to enjoy meals with reusable containers when ordering a takeaway.

Customers have to pay a HK$10 deposit for the reusable boxes when confirming their orders and return the containers to nine designated collection points afterwards. They could get back their deposit and an extra coupon of HK$10 for doing so.


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Issued on Oct 03, 2022

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