Flower show's Green Recycling Day launched (with photos)

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) is committed to supporting environmental protection in its large-scale events. This year, the LCSD is collaborating with the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) to hold the inaugural Green Recycling Day (GRD) activities today and tomorrow (March 26 and 27) upon the conclusion of the Hong Kong Flower Show, with an aim of reinforcing green measures and reducing waste.
     Officiating at the GRD launch ceremony today at the Victoria Park showground were the Under Secretary for the Environment, Mr Tse Chin-wan; the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Michelle Li; and the chairmen or representatives of the 18 District Councils.
     Speaking at the ceremony, Ms Li said that the LCSD has been working closely with the EPD, following the guidelines stipulated in the guidance booklet on waste reduction and implementing related measures each year to enhance green measures in the flower show. This year, the two departments have again joined forces to implement a series of green measures, appealing to all stakeholders including exhibitors, contractors, volunteers and the public to apply the 3R concept - "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" - on waste management.
     More than 300 volunteers have been recruited to assist in separating and collecting reusable and recyclable materials at the showground for waste reduction. They are students from tertiary institutions, green ambassadors, green volunteers, and volunteers from the LCSD, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and commercial organisations.
     As in previous years, flowers suitable for replanting and landscape displays suitable for reuse will be relocated to LCSD parks and amenity areas for public enjoyment.
     To encourage greening in the community, flowers suitable for replanting are also distributed via "Give the Flowers a New Home!" Jockey Club Flower Replanting Scheme to schools, environmental groups and non-governmental organisations. This year, some 25 000 potted plants were distributed to more than 100 participating organisations.
     For the first time, the flower replanting scheme has been extended to members of the public. The flower show theme flower is the dahlia, and those that are suitable for replanting have been distributed to the public at the Sugar Street entrance to the park. Around 5 000 pots of dahlias were distributed today.
     The flower show has implemented green measures at different stages. During the preparation phase, the stakeholders were provided with guidance on waste reduction. Exhibitors were encouraged to use recyclable materials with environmentally friendly elements in their display designs. They were reminded to clean up their exhibits, and to separate the items properly before delivering them to the Recyclables Collection Points. Volunteers were also recruited and trained to assist in green measures, enriching their awareness on environmental protection.
     During the show period, QR codes were displayed at the showground for visitors to access relevant information on the show. Visitors were also encouraged to carry their own bottles and bags.
     Three-colour waste separation bins were placed for collection of waste paper, metals and plastics, with green ambassadors on hand to guide the public. Food waste collection points and liquid collection containers were also provided to enhance clean recycling. The previous Wilted Flowers Collection Points were replaced by Recyclables Collection Points this year for collection of more recyclables including carton boxes, plastic flower pots and other plastics, soil, metals, wooden planks and more in addition to wilted flowers.
     The wilted plants collected are being delivered to the EPD's Animal Waste Composting Plant in Ngau Tam Mei for recycling into useful organic compost.
     This year, the show attracted more than 720 000 visitors. The LCSD will continue to urge the community to offer support in building an even more green flower show in the future.

Ends/Monday, March 26, 2018
Issued at HKT 17:05