Hong Kong lawmakers urge wider distribution of food waste collection bins

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Lawmakers and a scholar have urged Hong Kong authorities to expand the distribution of collection bins for food scraps to cover all districts and residential estates, as the government ramps up publicity over a waste-charging scheme postponed amid public confusion.

The department said 100 public housing estates would welcome the first batch before February 10, ahead of the waste-charging scheme’s introduction on August 1. Authorities also aimed to install another 100 bins at 30 private housing estates.

Authorities procure food waste bins and cover the related rental expenses, including repair and maintenance fees as part of the initiative. One smart bin is allocated for every 500 households, while a maximum of 20 bins can be granted to a private housing estate.

Leung urged the government to take “proactive steps” to promote the offer, noting that six districts, including Wan Chai, Central and Western, and Southern, did not currently have official food recycling bins.


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Issued on Jan 25, 2024

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