Environment and Conservation News

Details of environmental and conservation issues FSK is currently involved in. Members of the public are encouraged to get involved to help preserve the Sai Kung environment and its unique wildlife.

Taiwan’s Zero Waste policy

Dear Legco Members,

Herewith relevant Taiwan’s Zero Waste policy for your information.

Kind regards,

James Middleton

Chairman

www.cleartheair.org.hk

Taiwan

-       Waste Prevention Targets

As a result of community pressure, in 2003,TEPA adopted a zero waste policy. Initially, the definition of zero waste included incineration, but

after criticism from community organizations, the wording adopted in December 2003 defined zero waste as “effectively recycling and utilizing resources

through green production, green consumption, source reduction, recovery, reuse, and recycling.”3 In addition, the policy established waste diversion targets of 25

percent by 2007, 40 percent by 2011, and 75 percent by 2020. Unlike most diversion figures, these referenced a static baseline of 8.33 million tons of

waste generated in 2001.

 

The HKIE should rethink its position on incineration

Scientific reports show food waste disposers & disposal by existing in situ sewage networks have a beneficial effect on sewage systems & is a totally viable treatment method (contrary to unfounded non scientific HKG ENB waffle)

The HKIE should rethink its position on incineration

More than 40% of our daily domestic waste (3,400 m3 food waste) can be easily handled at Stonecutters (2.7 million cubic meters waste water daily capacity by 2016) current load only 1.3m m3 per day

 

To all Legco Members 

 

Hong Kong’s Waste Plan ‘B’

 

Scientific easily accessible reports show food waste disposers & disposal by existing in situ sewage networks have a  beneficial effect on sewage systems & is a totally viable treatment method (contrary to unfounded non-scientific HKG ENB department blinkered waffle)

 

1 Source separation laws/

2 Green bin collection of food and yard waste by Govt /

3 Industrial garburation to puree the (already ultra-wet) collected food waste at transfer stations /

4 Use of in situ sewage system for disposal is 100% viable and would remove more than 40% of our daily domestic MSW load.

Removal of the food waste would leave dry MSW that can be recycled and create new local recycling industries and employment.

 

EPD needs a Plan B for waste management

EPD needs a Plan B for waste management

Wednesday, 23 April, 2014, 12:46am Business

LAI SEE

Howard Winn

Despite difficulties in pushing its controversial incinerator project through the Legislative Council, the government is showing no signs of taking a second look at its proposals. Indeed, it seems to be making it more obdurate in its determination to ram the project through.

However, organisations outside the government, notably the New Territories Concern Group and Clear the Air, have done much to alert the public and the government to alternative possibilities for dealing with Hong Kong's waste. But the government has confronted these alternatives almost as if they were a threat and tried to undermine them.

The government's plan is to build a mass-burn moving-grate incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau at a cost of about HK$15 billion and then spend a further HK$8 billion to HK$10 billion building an artificial island of 11.8 hectares. Inevitably, this price will rise. All this in a scenic conservation area. Even proponents of incineration think it odd to site the incinerator on an island miles away from the users of the electricity it is supposedly going to generate.

Incinerator Matters - April 14

From Clean The Air - James Middleton
I have today sent a 20 Mb file to all Legco members regarding DAB’s en masse blinkered lack of conscience and relevant incinerator matters

Attached is the cover letter

You will see Dr Evans of CIWEM is a world expert in his field, exponentially more qualified than anyone in Hong Kong (such as Elvis or any of the Government stooges)

For those who want the remaining two detailed attachments pls contact me with an email address such as Gmail that can receive 20Mb attachment

There is also an interesting damning report on Incinerator Ash in the attachments

SOCP - Town Planning Board Meeting - Have your say before the 8th April

 

 

The Town Planning Board received over 30,000 representations and comments on the draft Outline Zoning Plans for Hoi Ha, Pak Lap and So Lo Pun. Everyone has now received an invitation to be heard by the Board. The hearings will start 28 April and are expected to end mid-May.

We urge you to try and present your personal view. It is important to demonstrate that safeguarding the Country Parks is a matter of great public concern.

In your reply to the Town Planning Board on or before 8 April please include:

1.The estimated time needed for your presentation

“I will need xx minutes for my presentation.”;

2.If necessary, request to be heard in a morning or afternoon session

“I prefer to be heard in the morning/afternoon due to other commitments.”;

3.Request to be heard on a Saturday if you are not available on a weekday

“I wish to be heard on a Saturday due to work commitments.”

 

Don’t hesitate to send us your queries at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We will publish next week a “How to make a presentation to the Town Planning Board” on our website.

 

Together We Can Save Our Country Parks!

P.S. We don’t promote the use of proxies. However, if you have a speech, video or presentation which you wish ‘A Member of the Save Our Country Park Alliance’ to deliver, please send us the signed (signature, name and date) proxy form via fax or email. We will complete the details of the representative.

 

Save Our Country Parks

Fax: 21872305

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.countryparks.hk

 

城市規劃委員會收到超過三萬封有關海下、白腊、鎖羅盆三幅分區規劃大綱草圖的反對信。相信各位都已經收到城規會有關申述會議的通知。會議會在4月28日開始,預計會在5月中結束。保衛郊野公園是眾人之事,我們希望大家能撥冗出席,親自向城規會各委員發表你的意見。

出席者在4月8日以前就要書面回覆城規會,在信函中可寫上:

 

1. 預計所需發言時間

「我的申述陳詞需要XX分鐘」

2. 如果未能騰出一天的時間等待,可要求分配到上午或下午的時段

「因有要務在身,我只能出席上午/下午的申述會議陳詞」

3. 如果未能出席平日的會議,可要求在星期六舉行

「因公事繁忙平日未能抽身出席,本人希望能在星期六的會議作出陳述」

如有任何疑問請電郵  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  與我們聯絡。我們下星期會上載「如何在城規會作出申述」到我們的網頁

 

突破沉默!與我們一同守衛郊野公園吧!

註:我們不鼓勵授權。如果你已準備好講稿、短片或簡報希望「保衛郊野公園聯盟」的成員代你在會議發放,請連同已填妥(包括姓名、簽名及日期)的授權書透過傳真或電郵寄給我們。

 

保衛郊野公園

傳真:21872305

電郵: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

網頁:www.countryparks.hk

SCMP Article

AFCD to destroy and develop scenic barbeque site against public’s wishes

AFCD to destroy and develop scenic barbeque site against public’s wishes

 

Letter 1: Member of the Public

I write to object to the proposed destruction of BBQ site 1 to make way for
a Visitor Centre.

Below are my reasons:

At the meeting on the 21st January it was stated that the Visitor Centre
would be for the benefit of the 10 coach loads of people who come to Hoi Ha
each day, 5 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon.

It is rather extreme to destroy a beautiful BBQ site when these same people
could be taken either to the Visitor Centre at the park gate or else, with
some refurbishment, the AFCD premises along Hoi Ha Road to "enhance their
knowledge on conservation works and legislation of Marine Parks".

It was also stated that a coach turning area would be provided on this same
BBQ site.  Just before the BBQ site there is a coach park for 3 coaches
plus a turning area. If the 10 coaches that are permitted into Hoi Ha daily
were properly staggered the 3 existing coach parking spaces would be
adequate. There is no need to destroy the BBQ site for this purpose.

Judicial Review of the CE's decision to incorporate Sai Wan Tsuen as part of Sai Kung East Country Park " HCAL150/2013 of the High Court

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

CONSTITUTIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW LIST

NO 150 OF 2013

____________

 

IN THE MATTER of an Application for Leave to Apply for Judicial Review by Mr Thomas Lai pursuant to Order 53, rule 3 of the Rules of the High Court, Cap 4A

  and
 

IN THE MATTER of the Decision of the Chief Executive in Council Approving the Draft Plan (Plan No. CP/SK(E)B) of Sai Kung East Country Park on 7 May 2013

____________

    THOMAS LAI  Applicant

____________

Before: Hon G Lam J in Court
Date of Hearing: 27 January 2014
Date of Judgment: 28 February 2014

Dualling of Hiram's Highway

Thanks very much for your enquiry. 

As per the tele-conversation between you and our Engineer Mr. Patrick Liang on 3rd March am, please be advised that the gazette notice as referred to in your email is related to a Speed Arrester Bed (i.e. a gravel bed for bringing a vehicle to a stop in case of brake problem) previously proposed to be implemented along Hiram's Highway near Mok Tse Che. The Speed Arrester Bed proposal was withdrawn in view of the objections received and advice from Transport Department that its non-implementation will not compromise road safety. Links to related gazette notices are attached below for your information:   

http://www.gld.gov.hk/egazette/pdf/20131739/egn201317395557.pdf 
http://www.gld.gov.hk/egazette/pdf/20141808/egn20141808970.pdf 

FSK objection to AFCD Visitors Center on existing BBQ area at Hoi Ha

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