The government has launched trial programs on food waste reduction/recycling but most of them ended without significant impacts. In recent years, measures on reducing/recycling food waste have been launched:
|| “Electric Composters Trial Program” was launched for residents in 15 housing estates in Shatin to where 15 electric composters were leased. Participating rate was only 4%.
||The program “Wet/Dry Sorting Trial”, which aimed to encourage the public to reduce waste at source, suspended because of SARS.
||The trial program “Pay as You Throw”, launched in 20 housing estates, was suspended 3 months after it started because the bags provided for collecting food waste were thin and small, unattractive to residents.
||Kowloon Bay Pilot Composting Plant was set up for recycling food waste, with a capacity of 1.5 metric tonnes per day.
||An allocation of HK$50 million was approved to encourage housing estates and non-governmental bodies to organize educational activities to raise residents’ awareness of the importance of food waste reduction. In order to encourage active participation, participating housing estates will also be subsidized to install facilities to recycle food waste.
||Organic Resource Recovering Centre at Siu Ho Wan, North Lantau is estimated to have a daily capacity of recovering 200 metric tonnes of food waste when it comes to operation.
||Organic Resource Recovery Centre at Sha Leng in Northern district is estimated to have a daily capacity of recovering 300 metric tonnes of food waste when it comes to operation.