Now’s the time for all of us to recommit to recycling, ensuring more of our waste stays out of landfill and gets a new lease of life. The EPD’s new pilot scheme on food waste collection can help us with that. Ray Robertson reports
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Over the years, Discovery Bay Services Management Ltd (DBSML), as the manager of Discovery Bay, has made every effort to enable residents to live green. There are communal separation bins at all villages, clearly labelled for glass, plastic, paper and metal, and we can head to the Green [email protected] on Tuesdays to dispose of ‘harder to recycle’ items, such as polyfoam, liquid cartons, rechargeable batteries and energy-saving lightbulbs.
Initiatives like these are boosted by flea markets and beach clean-ups, and green-related workshops supported by the DB landscape team at Community Green Square. Launched in April last year, Community Green Square serves to highlight the natural beauty of DB, while encouraging residents to join together in healthy and eco-friendly outdoor activities.
In view of the intense pressure on landfill sites in Hong Kong, we all need to use less, re-use what we can and, most importantly perhaps, treat our waste like the waste industry sees it – as a resource. Consequently, as we move into 2022, DBSML has stepped up its commitment to food waste handling, boosting the measures already in place in DB by implementing the Environmental Protection Department’s (EPD) new pilot scheme on food waste collection.
“A green lifestyle in DB is established – over the years, we have done a lot to make DB an ecofriendly place to live – and now is the time to focus on food waste handling and reducing waste generation at source,” opens Ernest Lee, Assistant Director of DBSML.
“The EPD’s new pilot scheme on food waste collection takes what we have been doing in DB to another level. It is a responding solution for tackling the huge social challenge – the burden to the landfill sites – that we are facing in Hong Kong. At the same time, it benefits and enables eco-aware residents who want to reduce the amount of waste they generate.”