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Rise in Household Waste Causes Hong Kong Landfills to Overflow

This is the fifth year in a row that the amount of waste sent to Hong Kong’s overflowing landfills has risen.

New data reveals that the amount of waste sent to Hong Kong’s overflowing landfills has risen for the fifth year in a row. Two-thirds of that waste is made up of municipal solid waste, such as food, paper and plastics, and one-third is comprised of construction and demolition waste.

Additionally, the city’s recycling rates have dropped 23 percent since 2005 and the amount of plastic waste sent to landfill has increased 8.9 percent since last year.

South China Morning Post has more details:

The amount of waste dumped in the city’s overflowing landfills has risen for the fifth year in row with the bulk of it still coming from households, new data has shown.

Two-thirds, or 3.7 million tonnes, of the 5.5 million tonnes of solid waste discarded last year was comprised of municipal solid waste – rubbish generated domestically from homes, and commercial or industrial activities – most of it food, paper and plastics. The remaining 1.8 million tonnes was mainly comprised of waste from the construction sector.

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