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Collaborative efforts to reduce and recycle waste in Hong Kong Sevens see encouraging results

     A report summarising the results of the green initiatives implemented during the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2014 was released today (June 9). It shows the outcomes of collaborative efforts involving the organiser (the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union), the Government, key stakeholders and members of the public in adopting environmentally friendly practices during the mega event.

     A spokesman for the Environmental Protection Department said, "The results are encouraging, especially in view of the very short planning time for enhancing the green initiatives in the event. Some of the green measures were tested for the first time, with a view to gaining experience and paving the way for a more comprehensive waste reduction and recycling plan in 2015."

     A number of green practices were adopted throughout the Hong Kong Sevens 2014 and other activities related to the tournament to avoid food wastage and promote the recycling of different recyclables. During the events, a total of 1.5 tonnes of surplus edible food was collected from caterers by food recovery organisations, which produced some 1 250 hot meal boxes for distribution to people in need. In addition, about 7.9 tonnes of paper, 5.6 tonnes of glass bottles, 3 tonnes of plastic and about 1 tonne of food waste were separated and collected for recycling. The amount of recyclables collected showed an increase when compared with the quantity collected last year. In addition, used cooking oil was collected for the first time during the event, with about 400 litres collected for the manufacturing of biodiesel.

     "We thank the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union and other key stakeholders for their support and collaboration to make this mega sporting event greener. The experience gained this year was valuable for drawing up a more comprehensive waste reduction plan for next year's tournament. It should also provide insights and ideas for event organisers to consider adding green elements to other mega events in Hong Kong to promote waste reduction and food waste avoidance," the spokesman added.

     The Hong Kong Sevens 2014 was held at the Hong Kong Stadium from March 28 to 30 this year. The Environment Bureau, the Environmental Protection Department and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department collaborated with the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union and key stakeholders of the tournament for the first time this year to trial a number of green initiatives. Green efforts were also extended to the HK Fan Zone at the New Central Harbourfront and social functions at the Indian Recreation Club and Confucius Hall Secondary School.

     The full report is available at the Hong Kong Sevens webpage at, the Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign webpage at and the waste reduction webpage at

Ends/Monday, June 9, 2014
Issued at HKT 15:00


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