Proposed Integrated Waste Management Facilities

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Building incinerator In the booklet Explanatory Booklet for the Proposed Integrated Waste Management Facilities, the government announced the overall waste management strategy and a specific action plan to tackle the imminent waste problem in Hong Kong in a comprehensive and timely manner. It included modern facilities for waste treatment that is building incinerators. The government has chosen two potential sites. The contraction and operation of incinerator will be following the European Union standards. This specification, as the most stringent ones, has been developed to regulate emissions from the facilities to ensure that the incinerator will not pose health risk to nearby residents during operation. The incinerator will be designed and operated to the most up-to-date international standards and practices. The government has adopted the moving grate incineration technology which has been recognized worldwide in respect of its safety and reliability and has been supported by ample proven track records. The technology is in use in many advanced countries. It is noticed that the building of incinerator will affect the quality of life of Hong Kong resident in different way. In the economic aspect, the building will boost the local tourism and catering business. Many advanced incinerator facilities around the world have adopted new or innovative designs such as the Spittelau incinerator in Vienna, which has become the landmark of the country. The incinerator may also provide recreational and leisure facilities for visitors. It is estimated that the facilities can attract several hundred tourists a day. Moreover, the incinerator also offers energy generation function. The heat energy released will be recovered to generate elect... ... middle of paper ... government who is only “encouraging” the public, the above countries are “requesting” the resident to recycle and classify the category of waste “mandatorily.” A stronger attitude towards mandatory waste charging of the Hong Kong government should be shown. Building incinerator is just tackling waste problem on the surface, but not the root. It has to coordinate with other policy. Or else, no matter how many incinerators the government built, it will be hard to handle the waste. As what Edward Yau, the ex-secretary of Environmental Bureau, said, “there is an imminent need for us to identify a comprehensive solution and we cannot afford to wait and risk delaying the preparatory work,” (Green Hong Kong February 2011. 1) the government should fasten its pace, otherwise the public will need to pay for it. She should learn to manage waste, not only dealing with it.
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