FEHD launches trial scheme to regulate placement of waste generated by food premises (with photos)

     The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) today (November 7) begins a trial scheme in various districts to allow licensed food premises to place large-size waste containers in their connected rear lanes under specific conditions for temporary storage of waste until collection by the cleaning workers hired by the food premises.
     A spokesman for the FEHD pointed out that trade waste generated by food premises, especially restaurants, generally includes a large amount of food remnants. If not handled properly, it will lead to bad smells and provide a food source and hiding place for rodents. Apart from affecting public health, it is also a nuisance to nearby residents and the public, and may cause food safety and environmental hygiene problems. Therefore, the food business has the responsibility to properly dispose of trade waste it generates. The FEHD will take enforcement action against those who fail to observe the relevant regulations.
     Nonetheless, in their actual operation, many food premises need to place their waste outdoors briefly for collection by cleaning workers, especially after business hours. The FEHD wishes to assist, in a pragmatic way, the food business in fulfilling its responsibilities, and has therefore launched a trial scheme today to provide 240-litre waste containers labelled with shop signs in nine rear lanes connected to food premises. By standardising the way food premises handle and store their waste, the FEHD seeks to improve the environmental hygiene of the rear lanes concerned and thereby effectively prevent rodent infestation.

     The locations of the selected rear lanes in the trial scheme are listed below:
  District Target lane
1. Wan Chai District Rear lane of 130-168 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai
2. Central and Western District Rear lane of 2-18 Kau U Fong, Central
3. Yau Tsim Mong District Rear lane of 9-13 Hau Fook Street, Tsim Sha Tsui
4. Yau Tsim Mong District Rear lane of Hung Wai Building, 3-5 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok
5. Kwun Tong District Rear lane around 2-24 Ting Fu Street, Kwun Tong
6. Kowloon City District Rear lane of 28-50 Tam Kung Road, To Kwa Wan
7. Sha Tin District Rear lane of Chik Fuk Street, between Chik Sau Lane and Tai Wai Road, Tai Wai
8. Tsuen Wan District Rear lane of Shiu Wo Street, between Chuen Lung Street and Chung On Street, Tsuen Wan
9. Yuen Long District Rear lane of Tai Pei Tau Path (from Fu Hing Building to Wah Cheung Mansion), Yuen Long
     The spokesman said that the trial scheme is aimed at improving environmental hygiene and addressing rodent infestation problems in rear lanes. The scheme may be extended to cover rear lanes in other districts after reviewing its effectiveness, he added.

Ends/Monday, November 7, 2022
Issued at HKT 20:33