Waste Not, Want Not: Enough is enough

Waste Not, Want Not: Enough is enough

While some teams were visiting the farm, others were at the South East New Territories (SENT) Landfill near Tseung Kwan O

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Students toured the landfill in Tseung Kwan O and learned how the city's waste is dealt with.
Students toured the landfill in Tseung Kwan O and learned how the city's waste is dealt with.
Photos: Edward Wong/SCMP
Around 20 students headed to the SENT landfill to learn more about how the city's waste is disposed of. The landfill started operation in 1994. Every day, from 8am to 11 am, thousands of trucks take around 4,800 tonnes of waste to the landfill. It is expected to be full by 2015. This fact is a reminder of the importance of reducing all waste, including food waste.

For safety reasons, visitors cannot walk on the landfill, but must tour in a bus. But this doesn't prevent them from learning a lot about waste disposal and reduction.

"I learned a lot about how Hong Kong handles waste from the visit," says Maryam Abu Khaleel, a Form Four student from San Wui Commercial Society School. "It's really good to see how garbage can be handled in a way that has little impact on the environment. It's really important that we do our part to save the environment and keep the world safe for future generations."

Fiona Poon from Heep Yunn School said that the landfill visit had led her to think about importance of reducing waste. "Seeing bags of garbage piled up like a hill in the landfill was shocking. The existing landfills will soon be full, and no one seems to want new landfills to be developed near their homes", she said. "Yet people are still producing tonnes of waste every day. Instead of opposing new landfills, people should think about methods to minimise waste."

Cheung Chun-wing, a Form Four student from Po Leung Kuk 1984 College, was impressed with how the landfill treats rubbish to minimise the impact on the environment.

"The EPD uses different materials to prevent the waste from polluting underground water, and to stop the odours from affecting the environment," he said. "Also, every truck is cleaned before leaving the landfill."

Chun-wing's classmate Woo Chun-hong said he knew Hong Kong people threw away a lot of rubbish each day, but had no idea of the actual amount, and was impressed by the work done at the landfill. "Waste disposal is not an easy job. We need to find ways to reduce waste and to protect our environment," he said.

"We should use the 4Rs to protect the environment: 'Reduce', and buy only what we really need; 'Reuse', that is, not to throw away items that are reusable; 'Recycle', or give items we don't need to those who do; and 'Replace', by adopting an eco-friendly lifestyles, by doing things such as travelling by public transport instead of private cars, and switching to green goods."


You may not have time to get involved with our project but that doesn't mean you can't do your part to reduce food waste. Join us in our Green Ribbon Campaign and sign the pledge to limit your own food waste!

Read about the workshops:

- Planting crops at Fruitful Organic Farm

- Bread Run with Feeding Hong Kong to collect leftover pastries

- Visit to Hong Kong Science Park to see technology that put leftover food to new uses

- Visit to the Kowloon Bay Waste Recycling Centre to see how they turn food waste into compost

- Learn how the chefs at the Hyatt Regency Shatin use leftovers to create new dishes

- Elvis Au, assistant director at the Environmental Protection Department, explains what the government is doing to fight food waste

- See what some schools are already doing with their food waste

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