[chinese blood, irish heart] - DEFUNCT: A view not many get to see... or would enjoy

Saturday, December 08, 2007

A view not many get to see... or would enjoy

"Do you know where your rubbish ends up?" is the crux of my environmental project. This week I travelled from Lantau's Refuse Transfer Station (RTS) to Nim Wan landfill in Tuen Mun aboard a rubbish freight ship.

Seeing the sheer amount of logistics required to transport our waste to a far away place was quite staggering to me. Reminds of the 'Industry Giant' game I used to play where you had to work out the most efficient way in transporting goods from one place to another.

But these aren't fancy consumer goods or raw materials, but actual waste from a society that is among the world's highest in terms of per family - 1.1 kg per day and rising.

In about 10 years, our three strategic landfills will reach its capacity and right now the Environmental Protection Department is busy addressing the problem - with recent plans for an incinerator in Tuen Mun scrapped.