Asia Times: Private sector solution for Hong Kong waste

From Asia Times Online:

Hong Kong plans to roll out an integrated waste management system with private sector participation to handle the growing problem of waste disposal. “We plan to invest in new technology,” says Sarah Liao, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works.

Part of that program will include a product responsibility scheme, where importers and suppliers will be responsible for the disposal of their products such as batteries and tires. “We feel that if you manufacture or import batteries, it is your responsibility to recycle and deal with the waste. But of course, with Hong Kong being such a small place, we have to pool all suppliers together. They contribute money to the government and we help deal with the disposal of these products.”

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