According to the report “Monitoring of Solid Waste in Hong Kong – Waste Statistics for 2009” published by Environmental Protection Department (EPD), about 3,000 tonnes of food waste is disposed to landfills every day and domestic food waste takes up about 2,000 tonnes which accounts for more than 25% of municipal solid waste. As landfills become inadequate, domestic food waste management plays an important role in reducing municipal solid waste.
As the amount of municipal solid waste has been increasing with the economic development over the past decades, we must adopt a more sustainable waste management strategy and hierarchy. An effective way is to reduce the waste from the source.
Therefore, the most effective strategy for food waste management is avoidance and minimization of generating food waste. The next priority is to separately collect and recycle the inevitable food waste to useful resources.
In view of this, Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) has allocated $60 million as subsidy and has launched a funding project, “Food Waste Recycling Projects in Housing Estates”, to encourage the separated collection and recycling of food waste from households in July 2011.
This subsidy will provide funds to support housing estates to set up on-site food waste treatment facilities, i.e. food waste composting machines, and organise food waste collection and recovery programmes and associated activities. These projects encourage housing estates to engage non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to organise educational and promotional activities in order to raise residents’ awareness towards food waster reduction and encourage their participation in food waste recovery.
EPD has also commissioned the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) to operate a help-desk service for the potential housing estate applicants and those participating food waste separation, collection and recycling Government departments. The services include:
Hence, this help-desk service is set up jointly by EPD and HKPC for the following parties:
For further enquiries to this help-desk, please contact: