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Hong Kong News: CS chairs recycling forum (15 Nov 2013)

CS chairs recycling forum

Brand Hong Kong
November 15, 2013
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam chaired an engagement session to promote the sustainable development of the recycling industry today.

The meeting facilitated the exchange of views between the Government and recycling industry stakeholders.

The Steering Committee to Promote the Sustainable Development of the Recycling Industry is liaising with the Government to explore policies and measures to promote the sustainable development of the recycling industry, the Environment Bureau said.

Initiatives under consideration include arrangements for short-term tenancy sites and public cargo working areas, the feasibility of setting up a recycling fund, and ways to provide support measures to the industry.

The committee will explore means to foster community support in recycling through public education and community involvement projects, and to promote training and development of the workforce.

The Government will consolidate the views collected at the engagement session and further explore different ways to promote the sustainable development of the recycling industry.

In the coming months, the Government will liaise with the recycling trade and stakeholders according to different categories of recyclables, to gain a better understanding of the operations concerning different types of recyclables and exploring the most suitable support measures for each of them.

Secretary for the Environment KS Wong also attended today’s meeting. He told the media after the meeting that it provided a very good platform to collect views from the industry, academia, green groups and other stakeholders in Hong Kong’s recycling sector.

The Government will follow up with each of the different sectors and engage consultants so it can formulate appropriate policies, he said.

Over 100 participants attended the engagement session, including those from the Government, the recycling industry, green groups, non-governmental organisations, community organisations, academia, and Legislative and District Councillors.

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