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."
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