The Policy Framework for the Management of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) (2005-2014) published in December 2005 sets out a comprehensive strategy for the management of MSW in Hong Kong with clear targets and timetables for the ten years from 2005 to 2014. The Policy Framework is built on the three-tiered approach: (i) avoidance and minimization; (ii) reuse, recovery and recycling and (iii) bulk reduction and disposal. While waste avoidance and recovery will remain to be the top priority and other modern waste treatment technologies will be employed in future for the treatment of waste, it is important to recognize that landfills will always be needed as a final means of disposal for unrecyclable wastes and waste residues after treatment. As the existing landfills are running out of space, the EPD has commissioned engineering and environmental studies to look into the feasibility of extending the existing three strategic landfills.
The Government appreciates the importance of early consultation with relevant stakeholders such as District Councils, Rural Committees, green groups and professional organizations, in progressing these essential landfill extension projects. A number of project websites have been set up to keep the general public informed of the latest progress of these feasibility studies and the views received from the key stakeholders:
NENT Landfill Extension Project Website
SENT Landfill Extension Project Website
WENT Landfill Extension Project Website