|Let's WASTE LESS!|
The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has launched a mobile application, WASTE LESS, that locates and provides information on recyclable collection points at public places all over Hong Kong. Through WASTE LESS, the EPD will also provide the latest news and useful knowledge about waste reduction and recovery. WASTE LESS is embedded with interactive features that enable users to share with friends the experience of using the application and practising waste reduction and recycling.
WASTE LESS is now available. Let's start WASTE LESS today!
|A Food Waste & Yard Waste Plan for Hong Kong 2014 - 2022|
"A Food Waste & Yard Waste Plan for Hong Kong 2014 - 2022" analyses the current situation of food waste and yard waste in Hong Kong, and maps out a comprehensive strategy to face the challenge on food waste. The four-pronged approach set out in the plan covers reduction at source, reuse and donation, recyclable collection, and waste-to-energy.
|Phasing Out Pre-Euro IV Diesel Commercial Vehicles|
To improve roadside air quality and better protect public health, EPD will phase out some 82 000 pre-Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles through an incentive-cum-regulatory approach and will launch an ex-gratia payment scheme on 1 March 2014. In addition, starting 1 February 2014, newly registered diesel commercial vehicles have a service life limit of 15 years. Please refer to the programme's webpage for details.
|Subsidy Scheme for Retrofitting Refuse Collection Vehicles invites applications|
Starting from 10 January 2014, EPD will accept applications from owners of private refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) for one-off subsidy for retrofitting their RCVs with metal tailgate covers and waste water sump tanks to enhance the environmental performance of RCVs during waste transportation. Please refer to the programme's webpage for details (Chinese version only).
|Air Quality Health Index comes into operation|
The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) has come into operation to replace the old Air Pollution Index. The AQHI is a health-risk based index which communicates the health effects of air pollution to the public in a more effective and timely manner. Members of the public can browse the new AQHI website (www.aqhi.gov.hk) or download the new "HK AQHI" mobile app for the AQHI information including the real-time AQHI and its forecast. They may also call the hotline on 2827 8541 for AQHI-related information.
|More glass bottle collection points at housing estates and schools|
EPD has further expanded the glass bottle recycling network in the community so as to reduce the disposal of glass bottles. New collection points were set up at 60 housing estates and 32 primary and secondary schools all over Hong Kong, to encourage public participation in green living and turn waste glass bottles into a useful resource. Please refer to the webpage for programme details and location of collection points.
|2012 Reports on Marine and River Water Quality in Hong Kong Published|
The reports provide an overview of the state of Hong Kong's marine waters and rivers in 2012. For details on marine water quality please see the 2012 Marine report. For details on water quality of rivers please see the 2012 River report.
|Regional Air Quality Monitoring Network results for the first half of 2013|
EPD and the Department of Environmental Protection of Guangdong Province (GDEPD) announced on 31 October 2013 the report on the monitoring results of four major air pollutants (i.e. sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and respirable suspended particulates) measured by the Pearl River Delta Regional Air Quality Monitoring Network for the first half of 2013.
|Water quality monitoring of Kong Yiu Channel|
To enhance transparency and address concerns on the water quality impact around the North East New Territories Landfill due to the recent leachate leakage incident in July this year, the Environmental Protection Department has arranged to release the water quality monitoring of the Kong Yiu Channel and relevant information on this website weekly.
|A newly launched Hong Kong Water Quality Resource Centre Website|
The Environmental Protection Department has recently launched a new thematic website - Hong Kong Water Quality Resource Centre (HKWQRC). This website (http://wqrc.epd.gov.hk) provides a one-stop interactive platform for comprehensive information on our efforts in protecting water quality, and for community education on working together to protect our environmental waters.
|Hong Kong and US collaboration in tackling illegal shipments of hazardous e-waste|
The United States authorities have successfully achieved the first prosecution against illegal export of hazardous e-waste from the US. The prosecution was based on evidence provided by the Environmental Protection Department on waste container shipments intercepted in Hong Kong in 2008. The collaboration efforts led to the conviction of a US recycling company and its senior executives in July 2013, with heavy sentences handed down by a US court. Please refer to the US Department of Justice's website for details. The number of intercepted e-waste shipments coming from the US has reduced substantially, from 62 cases in 2008 to 3 cases in 2012.
|Hong Kong: Blueprint for Sustainable Use of Resources 2013-2022|
The "Hong Kong: Blueprint for Sustainable Use of Resources 2013-2022" maps out a comprehensive strategy, targets, policies and action plans for waste management for the coming 10 years. To tackle the waste problem in Hong Kong, we need the joint efforts of the entire community to embrace an environmentally sustainable culture in daily life, and to use less and waste less of the Earth's resources.
|Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign promotes food waste reduction|
The Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign has been launched. A host of publicity activities and educational programmes are being rolled out and tool kits and practice guides are being drawn up with trades to encourage the entire community to avoid and reduce food waste generation. The Campaign also features a "Big Waster", a character symbolising food wastage, to remind members of the public not to waste food and to change wasteful habits.
|Regional Air Quality Monitoring Network results for 2012|
EPD and the Department of Environmental Protection of Guangdong Province (GDEPD) announced on 29 April 2013 the report on the monitoring results of four major air pollutants (i.e. sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and respirable suspended particulates) measured by the Pearl River Delta Regional Air Quality Monitoring Network for 2012.
|2012 Beach Water Quality Report published today (2 April 2013)|
The water quality of all 41 gazetted beaches in Hong Kong have now achieved the required standard for bathing waters for three consecutive years (2010, 2011, and 2012). As reported in the 2012 report, this achievement was brought about through continuous efforts of the Government to implement pollution abatement measures over the past years. The report can be viewed at the EPD website or the thematic website.
|Environment Hong Kong (EHK) 2012 published|
EHK2012 outlines the progress made in improving the Hong Kong's environment in 2011 and the challenges ahead, with the theme "Green and Quality Lifestyle". Your comments and suggestions are welcome.
|Innovative Noise Mitigation Designs and Measures|
Due to the high density, road traffic noise in Hong Kong is a major challenge in residential land development. To help professionals of different disciplines in designing developments, the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has been encouraging various design forms and measures for mitigating traffic noise.
To facilitate the more use of innovative noise mitigation designs and measures against road traffic noise, the EPD has collated examples on innovative building design forms and measures that are proven effective in mitigating traffic noise affecting residential developments, in the form of a web-based database. The database will act as a platform for information sharing among concerned professionals and interested parties.
|The Regional Cooperation Plan on Building a Quality Living Area jointly announced by Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macao|
The Environment Bureau, the Guangdong Province Housing and Urban-Rural Development Department and the Macao Secretariat for Transport and Public Works jointly announced on 25 June the Regional Cooperation Plan on Building a Quality Living Area (the Plan). Long-term cooperation directions are drawn up in the five major areas of environment and ecology, low-carbon development, culture and social living, spatial planning and green transportation systems. The Plan is the first regional plan jointly compiled by Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macao, aiming to transform the Greater Pearl River Delta region into a low-carbon, high-technology and low-pollution city cluster of quality living, with a view to enhancing its overall competitiveness and attractiveness. The Plan underscores the sustainable concept of striking a balance between economic and social development and the environment.
|Environmental Campaign Committee Websites Take New Look|
The Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) has recently revamped its website to provide comprehensive resources on environmental protection. Videos, photos and latest information on ECC activities are also available on the website. At the same time, ECC has also launched an informative and educational thematic website for schools and students. The website provides not only information on all ECC school programmes and activities, but also a lot of handy resources on environment education for use by school administration, teachers and students. Please visit http://www.ecc.org.hk/english/index.php and http://school.ecc.org.hk/english/index.php for details.
|Community Recycling Network operated|
To further promote source separation of waste, the EPD is setting up a community recycling network in all districts to increase public awareness on recycling and to facilitate public participation in recovering recyclables of lower commercial values, including waste plastics, glass bottles and small WEEE. Please see related webpage for details.
|Pilot Green Transport Fund|
Starting from 30 March 2011, eligible Hong Kong transport operators may apply for subsidy from the Fund to try out green and innovative transport technologies. For details, please visit relevant webpage.