Hong Kong is going to drown in its own rubbish if it doesn’t learn how to keep its waste to the minimum. We who live here are all guilty – tell me, honestly, how many of us recycle? How many bottles of drinks to we go through everyday?
It’s something we never want to admit. Back home my family used to segregate biodegradable, paper, bottles, etc. But here in Hong Kong, there’s no such culture and it’s difficult to do it when nobody else is doing it anyway…
Hong Kong dumps 13,400 tonnes or garbage into its landfills everyday: enough to fill four Olympic-size swimming pools.
While Hong Kong puts 52 per cent of its waste into landfills, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan all put in less than 3 per cent.
Just when I thought Ah well this city is a hopeless case anyway I can’t do anything about it… I was proven wrong. This city isn’t a hopeless case as long as there are people in it who are still fighting to do the right thing by the environment, so that we can all have a beautiful place to live in.
Last week (December 3 to be precise) I was invited to a dinner presentation at the W Hotel showcasing its pioneer eco-design project “TRASH RE-DESIGN TDC X W Taipei”.
That night showed me and everyone else there that people in Hong Kong/Asia still care about their environment and are dedicating their life’s work to making a positive impact. Damn me for being so jaded! Not every Hong Konger/Chinese person is scrambling to make as much money as possible at any expense! Although that’s what it feels like a lot of the time…
Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. (Wiki)
A big thank you to W Hotels Worldwide for the invitation, and for supporting such meaningful and responsible projects. I hope I’ve given you a positive buzz for the day as I got from the event!