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HK Gov't Calls for Community Support on Waste Management
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Hong Kong's Chief Secretary Rafael Hui Friday called on the community to adopt production processes, lifestyles and habits that would help minimize the environmental impact.


"Every one of us must be responsible for what we produce, supply, consume and dispose of. And everyone in the community has to share the treatment and mitigation costs," Hui said at a seminar on municipal solid waste control strategy and technologies.


He urged the business sector to design products that generate less waste and facilitate recycling, and individuals to reconsider consumption-driven lifestyle and adopt good environmental habits.


"Disposal of solid waste is a big challenge for us. If we do not take action to reduce waste, our landfills will be full in five to nine years," Hui said.


The government last year published a policy framework for the management of solid waste, which set out a comprehensive strategy for waste management over the next decade. It marked the start of a new process to attain sustainable waste management.


Hui said the government will continue to enhance the publicity and educational programs so that everyone understands the nature of the problem, the solutions available, and the price to be paid for a cleaner living environment.


He also hoped legislators can rally to the cause and join the government in making difficult decisions for the sake of the environment.


"A vote in the Legislative Council for environmental legislation and measures is a vote for the future environment of your children and those who elect you," he said.


(Xinhua News Agency September 4, 2006)

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