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SEN calls on members of the public to avoid food wastage during Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations (with photos)

     On the eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, today (September 18) paid a visit to Lantern Wonderland at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay. He also took the opportunity to call on members of the public to avoid food waste generation while celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival.

     Mr Wong visited the giant moon-shaped lantern "Rising Moon" at Lantern Wonderland. The lantern is made from 7,000 recycled water bottles and uses LED light bulbs. Mr Wong said he was glad to see the application of environmental concepts and the sustainable use of resources in the architectural design of the lantern.

     Mr Wong noted that during the Mid-Autumn Festival families and friends have meals together or celebrate with traditional food such as mooncakes. However, after the celebration, lots of food often remains uneaten and ends up in the landfills as food waste. This not only causes wastage, but also increases the pressure at the landfills. He called on members of the public to avoid food wastage in the Mid-Autumn Festival and take suitable steps before celebrations to avoid becoming like "Big Waster".

     He said that the steps are easy and simple. For example, people should make an estimate before meals and order a suitable number of dishes or cook the right portions so as to avoid food waste, don't buy or give excessive amounts of mooncakes, and donate surplus edible food to food recycling organisations to avoid wastage.

     Meanwhile, Big Waster, a character who symbolises food wastage in the Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign, also showed up at the Lantern Wonderland to share the "Love Food, Waste Not" message with those celebrating the festival. During the festival, Big Waster will visit different venues together with rapper Kevin Tong, who will perform the rap song featured in a promotional video of the Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign to remind the public to cherish food and reduce food waste. Details of their appearances are as follows:

Date           Time              Venue
----           ----              -----
September 18   6.30pm to 8.30pm  Soccer Pitch No. 6,
(Wednesday)                      Victoria Park

September 19   6.30pm to 7.30pm  Piazza, Hong Kong
(Thursday)                       Cultural Centre
               7.30pm to 8.30pm  Avenue of Stars,
                                 Tsim Sha Tsui

September 20   7.30pm to 9.30pm  Sha Tin Park

     Information about food recycling organisations is available at

Ends/Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Issued at HKT 20:00


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