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Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign Background

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.

  1. [Note 1 :-
    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)
    2. 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)]

Campaign’s Objectives

Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign's Objectives

The objectives of the Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign are to :

    1. Promote awareness of the community on the waste management problems in Hong Kong;
    2. Coordinate efforts within the Government and public institutions to lead by example in food waste reduction;
    3. Instill behavioural changes in the community at individual and household levels that will help reduce food waste generation;
    4. Draw up and promote good practices on food waste reduction of commercial and industrial establishments;
    5. Encourage leadership in the commercial, industrial and community sectors to take action and share best practices; and
    6. Facilitate food donation between the establishments with surplus food with charitable organizations in the community.
    7. Encourage and facilitate on-site and/or off-site recycling of the unavoidable food waste.2
  1. [Note 2 :-

                 This is a new item with effect from 1 July 2017.]


Steering Committee

Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign Steering Committee

Terms of Reference

The Food Wise Hong Kong Steering Committee is to formulate and oversee the implementation strategy of the Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign to accomplish the objectives of the Campaign.



The Food Wise Hong Kong Steering Committee is chaired by the Secretary for the Environment, with members drawn from the relevant sectors including catering, hotels, retail, property management, education, academia, green groups, food recipient organizations and relevant government departments.

Membership List of Food Wise Hong Kong Steering Committee

  1. Chairman
    • Secretary for the Environment
  2. Members3       
  3.         Mr Carmond CHAN
            Ms Ada CHEUNG Wai-ching
            Mr Teddy CHEUNG Ching-yeung
            Mr Kevin CHUC
            Prof FUNG Tung
            Ms Aubrey HO
            Ms Linda HO
            Mr Angus HO Hon-wai
            Mrs Vanessa HWANG
            Mr James KWAN
            Mr KWOK But
            Mr Edwin LAU Che-feng, MH
            Ms Catherine LEE
            Ms Theresa LEUNG
            Mr Howard LO
            Ms LIU Pui-shan
            Mr Anthony LOCK
            Dr Daryl NG Win-kong, JP
            Mr Laurent PIAZZA
            Prof Winnie SO Wing-mui
            Ms Salei TANG
            Mr Victor TSANG
            Ms Gigi TUNG
            Mr Simon WONG Kit-lung, JP
            Prof Jonathan WONG Woon-chung, MH, JP
            Mr Marco WU Moon-hoi, GBS
            Mr YEUNG Wai-sing
            Representative of the Education Bureau
            Representative of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
            Representative of the Home Affairs Department
            Representative of the Housing Department
            Representative of the Information Services Department
            Representative of the Social Welfare Department
  5. Secretary
    • Deputy Director of Environmental Protection
  1. [Note 3 :-

                 With effect from 1 July 2017 for 2 years.]