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FEHD further extends trial scheme to regulate disposal arrangement of waste generated by food premises
     The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) announces the extension of its trial scheme to regulate disposal arrangement of waste generated by food premises to cover all districts (except the Islands District) from today (April 24), allowing licensed food premises to place large-sized 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 said, "The first phase of the trial scheme was launched in November last year in nine rear lanes connected to food premises. We are pleased to see that the overall environmental hygiene situation and rodent infestation in these rear lanes have significantly improved, and therefore extend the scheme to other nine districts. Other districts will, depending on the actual situation, continue to further extend the scheme to cover more suitable rear lanes."

     Taking into account the environment of individual rear lanes and the actual operation circumstances of participating licensed food premises, and having consolidated the experience gained in the first phase of the trial scheme, the FEHD allows food premises to use 240-litre or 660-litre waste containers in the second phase as they see fit where feasible. The food premises concerned have to prepare their own waste containers with standard labels of the shop signs, and to ensure that the waste containers are in proper use without any leakage and in clean condition.

     The spokesman 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. It may also be a public health 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. The FEHD wishes to assist, in a pragmatic way, the food business in fulfilling its responsibilities, and with the trial scheme, seeks to standardise the way food premises store and dispose of their waste with a view to improving the environmental hygiene of the rear lanes concerned and thereby effectively prevent rodent infestation.

     The locations of the selected rear lanes in the second phase of the trial scheme are listed below:
   District    Target lane
1. Eastern District Rear lane of 1-3 Marble Road, North Point
2. Southern District Rear lane of 184-190 Aberdeen Main Road
3. Sham Shui Po District Rear lane of 15-43 Un Chau Street, Sham Shui Po
4. Wong Tai Sin District Rear lane of 20-22 Yuk Wah Crescent, Tsz Wan Shan
5. Kwai Tsing District Rear lane of Chu Po Building, 117-125 Wo Tong Tsui Street, Kwong Fai Circuit, Kwai Chung
6. Tuen Mun District Rear lane between 124-152 Ho Pong Street and 2-24 Ming Ngai Street, Tuen Mun
7. North District  Rear lane of 1-27 San Cheung Street, Sheung Shui
8. Tai Po District  Rear lane of 2-16 Tung Cheong Street, Tai Po
9. Sai Kung District  Rear lane of 14-28 Wan King Path, Sai Kung

     The locations of the selected rear lanes in the first phase of 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 District Rear lane of 9-13 Hau Fook Street, Tsim Sha Tsui
4. Mong Kok District Rear lane of Fa Yuen Street, between Soy Street and Dundas 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

Ends/Monday, April 24, 2023
Issued at HKT 17:50
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