A last-ditch bid to stymie plans for a super-incinerator off the coast of south Lantau failed in the Court of Final Appeal today.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government plans to build the HK$18 billion Integrated Waste Management Facility off the coast of South Lantau on Shek Kwu Chau.
Local green groups have expressed a number of concerns about the facility and the planning for it, but a team of five judges dismissed the appeal brought by a local Cheung Chau resident.
Martin Lerigo, of the Living Islands Movement, described the failed appeal as “the end of the road”.
“The government can now proceed with the work on the incinerator,” he said.
The controversial facility has residents concerned about the location, as well as potential pollution impacts from the incineration process and the need for ash produced in the incineration process needing to be dumped in landfill.
The incinerator has been proposed as part of the strategies to address Hong Kong’s waste disposal issue.
According to the Environmental Protection Department, it will be able to handle up to 3000 tonnes of waste a day, and it will adopt state-of-the-art technologies and pollution control measures.