Hong Kong Landfill Problem

1440 Words Apr 8th, 2012 6 Pages
Turn landfill problem into history
With the wasteful lifestyle of Hong Kong citizens, the 4 major landfills in Hong Kong are going to be saturated. From the government’s words, these landfills will be fully saturated before late 2010s. The situation is getting worse in these years, as people have no improvement in their consumption style. They are not aware of their responsibility on reducing waste. Also, people cannot develop the routine on recycling, and send much unnecessary rubbish to the landfill. With the rare land resources in Hong Kong, we cannot offer any more land to extend or construct a new landfill. If we still do nothing and continue the trend, the problem on waste treatment will cause an enormous amount of cost for the public
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People in developing countries may not be aware of the consequences of waste disposal in their area, as they only consider whether they can get food to survive. Environmental protection is a luxury for them. This may cause deep-rooted and irreversible effects to the countries. Developed cities should help developing countries, but not to increase their burden and exploit their rights.

When we look deep into incineration, is incineration effective to reduce the pressure on landfills? In fact, this is only a shortsighted measure comparing with the PATY system. When incinerators are built, people will consider the problem solved and ignore the problem for a long time. However, this will only increase people’s reliance on incinerators. Lau (2008) observes the situation in Singapore and points out that the citizens in Singapore need to bear a high financial burden on incineration (¶ 4). Singapore overlooks the importance of waste reduction and keeps on building incinerators to satisfy the increasing waste volume every 5 to 7 years. They need to spend at least HK$8 billion to build an incinerator, and the operating cost of each incinerators costs over HK$250 million per year. The geographical size of Singapore is smaller than Hong Kong, but it already has built 4 incinerators. The cost is too high for Hong Kong to bear and it is very difficult to choose a suitable place to build the incinerators. The residents near the…