A green group has warned that Hong Kong’s problems with waste disposal have just started even as recyclers who were on a strike from Friday resumed their collection.
Li Cheong-lung, the chief executive of Action Health, an NGO that has been monitoring the impact of the suspension, said the resumption of waste paper is welcome, but the worst is yet to come.
The mainland has imposed new regulations against ‘dirty waste’ and banned the import of 24 types of solid waste – including plastics and unsorted scrap paper.
Li said this will be huge problem as Hong Kong recyclers don’t have the technology to process plastic waste.
He said the government has promised to inject more resources and help the recyclers upgrade their technology.
Meanwhile, Jacky Lau from the Recycle Materials and Reproduction Business General Association, said 70 percent of its members have started accepting waste paper today. He said the rest will resume tomorrow.
He said the decision was made after the government showed sincerity in helping them deal with problems. -RTHK.
Source: The Standerd