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Ceremony marks fifth year of Glass Container Recycling Programme for the Hotel Sector (with photos)

     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and the Hong Kong Hotels Association (HKHA) together held a ceremony at Discovery Park, Tsuen Wan, this afternoon (January 5) to celebrate the Glass Container Recycling Programme (GCRP) for the Hotel Sector entering its fifth year and commend the participating hotels for their support for the recycling programme.

     "The GCRP for the Hotel Sector is a forerunner in glass recycling in Hong Kong. We are pleased to have the support of the HKHA to pioneer the voluntary recycling programme in the hotel industry and deliver all the waste glass bottles generated in their businesses to recyclers for the production of eco-pavers," the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, said in the ceremony.

     Mr Wong indicated that recovery of waste glass to produce eco-pavers has made good use of the results of local research into construction materials. The application has overcome the constraints of the diminishing beverage industry in Hong Kong and helps to build a complete local circular economy model for waste glass, turning waste into resources. He thanked the hotel sector for its effort, which neatly demonstrates the commitment of the industry to share in eco-responsibility. It also provides valuable experience to serve as a good reference for other recycling programmes.

     The GCRP for the Hotel Sector, launched in November 2008 with the support of the EPD and the HKHA, is a voluntary recycling programme, funded and administered by the industry, which helps the hotel industry to manage its waste glass bottles in an environmentally sound manner. Currently there are 27 hotels participating in the programme, namely:

¡EConrad Hong Kong;
¡EThe Cityview;
¡ECourtyard by Marriott Hong Kong;
¡EEAST, Hong Kong;
¡EEaton Smart, Hong Kong;
¡EThe Excelsior, Hong Kong;
¡EFour Seasons Hotel Hong Kong;
¡EGrand Hyatt Hong Kong;
¡EHoliday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong;
¡EHotel ICON;
¡EHotel Nikko Hongkong;
¡EHyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui;
¡EInterContinental Hong Kong;
¡EIsland Shangri-La, Hong Kong;
¡EJW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong;
¡EThe Langham, Hong Kong;
¡ELangham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong;
¡EMandarin Oriental, Hong Kong;
¡EThe Mira Hong Kong;
¡ENovotel Century Hong Kong;
¡EThe Park Lane Hong Kong;
¡EThe Peninsula Hong Kong;
¡ERenaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong;
¡EThe Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong;
¡ESheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers;
¡EThe Upper House; and
¡EW Hong Kong.

     The glass bottles collected from the participating hotels are delivered to local recycling facilities for processing and crushing into glass sand, which is used as a substitute for river sand as an engineering material for the production of eco-pavers. These eco-pavers have been widely applied in various government public works projects. As at the end of November 2012, over 2,300 tonnes of waste glass (i.e. around 6 million glass containers) had been recovered under this programme. The results are very encouraging.

Ends/Saturday, January 5, 2013
Issued at HKT 16:50


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