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SEN visits Eastern District (with photos)

     The Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, visited Eastern District this afternoon (June 26) to see for himself the operation of the Island East Transfer Station in Chai Wan and food waste reduction measures at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital (PYNEH). He also met local District Councillors.

     Accompanied by District Officer (Eastern), Ms Anne Teng, Mr Wong first visited the Island East Transfer Station, where he was briefed by officers of the Environmental Protection Department on facilities including the weighbridge, compactor and container loading area, as well as inspecting the daily operation of the station.

     The Island East Transfer Station collects municipal solid waste generated from the Eastern and Wan Chai districts on Hong Kong Island, then compacts the waste and transfers it via marine transport to the West New Territories Landfill for disposal. At present, the station treats around 800 tonnes of waste per day. Currently, seven refuse transfer stations are in operation in Hong Kong and they are distributed at strategic locations on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories to reduce haulage distances as well as provide a more efficient waste collection service to the public.

     Mr Wong then visited PYNEH to learn about the food waste reduction measures implemented by the hospital. The kitchen in PYNEH is one of the Central Production Units of the Hospital Authority with a daily production capacity of 18,000 meals providing patient meals for nine hospitals.

     Mr Wong was briefed by hospital staff on the Dietetics Catering Management Computer System, which assists the Health Care Food Service Team and nursing staff in reducing food waste with respect to diet-order entry, food purchasing and production, and menu planning, saving a total of some 42,000 kilograms of food for patients every year. The hospital is also a signee of the Food Wise Charter under the Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign, pledging to put into practice food waste reduction in daily operation. Over 350 organisations including hotels, restaurants, property management companies, schools, hospitals, government and non-governmental organisations have signed the Food Wise Charter up to now.

     Concluding the visit, Mr Wong met the Chairman of Eastern District Council, Mr Wong Kin-pan, and various council members for an exchange on overall environmental policy and district environmental issues. He thanked the councillors for their efforts in promoting environmental protection at the district level, adding that he will continue to maintain close communication and collaboration with the Council to help build a green community together.

Ends/Thursday, June 26, 2014
Issued at HKT 19:05


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