The EcoPark will come into operation in late 2006. Additionally, we will continue to encourage the development of recycling technology through the Environment and Conservation Fund and the Innovation and Technology Fund. In doing so, we will not only reduce pressure on our waste facilities, but also conserve resources and jump-start a circular economy.
Throw less, Pay less
The core of our comprehensive strategy is the "polluter-pays" principle. We propose to introduce producer responsibility schemes (PRSs) that hold the manufacturers, importers, retailers and consumers responsible for what they produce and consume. We aim to introduce to the Legislative Council the Product Eco-responsibility Bill in 2006 to provide a legal framework for PRSs. With PRSs in place, we can consider introducing landfill disposal bans so as to make better use of our landfills as the final repository of unavoidable and properly treated wastes. We also propose introducing legislation on waste charging by 2007 as a direct economic incentive to avoid and reduce waste.
Debates, discussions and concerns expressed by business people, community leaders, academics, non-government organisations (NGOs), government representatives, students and members of the general public came to conclusions as follows:
|[pic] |We should aim to reduce waste in the first place by using fewer materials or avoiding the use of certain materials altogether; |
|[pic] |We need to accept that there is a financial implication of dealing with waste in Hong Kong and that we should be prepared to pay waste disposal |
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|[pic] |Involving businesses through producer responsibility schemes (PRSs) will help promote recycling and waste reduction at source; |
|[pic] |The simple step of separating our View More »