Hong Kong faces an imminent waste problem. In 2011, over 3,500 tonnes of food waste, accounting for about 40 per cent of municipal solid waste, were disposed of at landfills every day. While the Government has been adopting a multi-pronged approach to tackle the problem, more action is required and active participation from the community is also needed to alleviate the waste problem.
To take forward the Chief Executive's pledge1 to promote food waste reduction, the Environment Bureau announced on 3 December 2012 the setting up of the Food Wise Hong Kong Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is tasked to formulate and oversee the implementation strategies of the Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign, so as to reduce food waste to be disposed of at landfills.
[Note 1 :-
CE’s Manifesto :- “We will promote food waste reduction, encourage the business and industrial sector to undertake sorting of their waste at source, build more organic waste recycling and treatment facilities, and encourage the full use of recycled resources such as compost.” (Chapter 10, Paragraph 10 of the CE’s Manifesto on Pledge on Environment Protection and Conservation)
CE’s 2013 Policy Address :- "Food waste imposes a heavy burden on our landfills as it accounts for about 40% of total waste disposed of in landfills. In addition, odour from food waste creates nuisance to nearby residents. The Government has recently launched the “Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign” to mobilise the public as well as the industrial and commercial sectors to reduce food waste." (Paragraph 142)]