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Transcript of remarks by SEN
     Following is the transcript of remarks by the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, on the ceased sale of water in plastic bottles through automatic vending machines at government premises and the utilisation of landfill gas after officiating at the commissioning ceremony of the Landfill Gas Utilisation Project at the South East New Territories Landfill today (November 24):

Reporter: Mr Wong, does the Government have the plan to ban plastic bottles altogether?

Secretary for the Environment: As I said earlier in Cantonese, the Government this time takes the lead to ban the so-called small-bottled water in the government premises to set an example to other premises, say those under the hands of the quasi-government or private ownership or management so that we can have a kind of culture to encourage people to use less disposable bottled water to reduce waste at source. So it is a matter of cultural transformation as a starting point.

Reporter: Does the Government have the plan (utilisation of landfill gas) for other landfill sites in Hong Kong?

Secretary for the Environment: In Hong Kong, now we have three strategic landfills and our plan is to make use of the landfill gas from all these landfills in the long run. So we have already planned in different stages to use landfill gas and turn it into energy. For instance, for the landfill in the North East New Territories, we have been using landfill gas for some time. This time we are using it (landfill gas), and for the West New Territories Landfill, we have already made arrangement to make good use of the landfill gas. Thank you.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)
Ends/Friday, November 24, 2017
Issued at HKT 19:53
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