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Press Releases - 1998

New refuse transfer station for West Kowloon

West Kowloon Refuse Transfer Station (WKTS), the largest in terms of waste handling capacity, was officially opened today (Wednesday) by Legislative Council member, Miss Christine Loh.

Located at the West Kowloon Reclamation area near Stonecutters Island, the transfer station was built at a capital cost of $627 million and with an annual operating cost of about $77 million.

Capable of processing 2,500 tonnes of waste per day, the WKTS serves a population of 1.5 million people in its catchment which covers Tsuen Wan, Kwai Chung, Tsing Yi, Sham Shui Po, Yau Ma Tei, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok.

The acting Director of Environmental Protection, Mr Michael Stokoe, said at the ceremony: "This station is designed with a high tolerance to accommodate short-term surges and irregularities in waste throughput to suit the unique situation in Hong Kong.

"The flexibility we enjoy in this waste transfer system is that its destiny can be changed to where the new disposal facility will be, without disrupting the waste collection services provided to the general public," he added.

The WKTS is one of the first two stations that are running a trial scheme to provide waste transfer services to private collectors on a voluntary basis. Those private collectors using this service will pay a charge based on the weight of waste delivered.

All the wastes received at the station are compacted into specially-designed sealed containers which will be transferred by marine vessels to the West New Territories Landfill at Nim Wan for final disposal.

The two marine vessels, "Ngon Shuen" and "Lai Wan", are the largest local container vessels registered in Hong Kong which can take up to 210 waste containers on board.

"It takes away hundreds of waste delivery trips from the highways everyday, together with smell and nuisance that people often complain about. Apart from bringing a cleaner environment, this bulk transfer mechanism also means significant capital saving in keeping a small waste collection fleet and efficiency saving in the collection services," Mr Stokoe emphasised.

The WKTS is operating to very high environmental standards whereby all air and effluent emissions from the facility would be properly treated before discharge.

Like other waste management projects, the WKTS is developed under a "design, build and operate" contract arrangement. The contractor, South China WMI Transfer Limited, is responsible for operating the station for 15 years.

End/Wednesday, August 12, 1998


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