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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

The Government today expressed disappointment after a Legislative Council committee decided to discontinue scrutiny for a bill to introduce charges for municipal solid waste disposal.

Since the Waste Disposal (Charging for Municipal Solid Waste) (Amendment) Bill 2018 was introduced into LegCo in November 2018, the Government has spared no effort in facilitating the relevant bills committee to scrutinise it and explaining its policy on municipal solid waste (MSW) charging as well as the content of the bill, it said in a statement.

The statement noted that the proposed policy on MSW charging, modus operandi and arrangements under the amendment bill were based on the consensus fostered within the community through consultation with the public and trades.

Relevant trades found it acceptable and members of the public were receptive to the proposal, which would help relieve the increasingly tremendous pressure on landfills in Hong Kong and reduce carbon emissions to combat climate change, it added.

It expressed disappointment that the bill could not be passed in the Legislative Council’s current term after about 34 hours of discussion in 15 bills committee meetings.

The statement stressed that the Government’s work on waste reduction and recycling will not pause and that it will continue to promote waste reduction at source and enhance community recycling.

Responding to a reporter’s question about how to move forward, Secretary for the Environment KS Wong said the Government is focusing more on clean recycling.

“With all this support, together with other waste reduction education campaigns, we hope that more people can understand the Government’s determination to support a ‘waste less’ Hong Kong, so that in the near future, we hope we could have more support on the MSW charging bill.”

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News