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STH and SEN inspect food waste recycling in public housing estates (with photos)

     The Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, and the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, today (October 21) visited public housing estates to see for themselves the latest progress of food waste recycling in these estates.

     Six public housing estates have joined the food waste recycling trial scheme. They are Nam Shan Estate, Lam Tin Estate, Lai Kok Estate, Tin Wah Estate, Tin Tsz Estate and Ching Ho Estate.

     Professor Cheung and Mr Wong visited Nam Shan Estate in Shek Kip Mei and Lam Tin Estate in Kwun Tong. At Nam Shan Estate, they were briefed on the daily logistics arrangements for food waste collection in the estate. A total of 137 households of Nam Shan Estate have participated in the scheme and an average of about 1 730 kilograms of food waste are collected in the estate per month.

     At Lam Tin Estate, they were briefed on how the food waste collected from participating households is further processed by cleaning staff to become compost, which can be used as fertilizer on the community farm in the estate.

     They noted that the food waste recycling initiatives are well received by tenants of the two estates in general. The Housing Department plans to enable a few more estates to join the food waste recycling trial scheme by the end of this year and the primary objective of the scheme is to educate tenants on the importance of reducing food waste.

Ends/Monday, October 21, 2013
Issued at HKT 19:54


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