Hong Kong bars urged to go green

With one of the world“s lowest glass recycling rates at just 1%, Hong Kong“s bars in are being encouraged to recycle their glass bottles in a newly-launched pilot campaign.
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With one of the world“s lowest glass recycling rates at just 1%, Hong Kong“s bars in are being encouraged to recycle their glass bottles in a newly-launched pilot campaign. Green glass green“, launched by the Hong Kong Dumper Truck Drivers Association, is the first glass recycling campaign targeting bars and pubs in the SAR. The association will collect empty bottles of beer, wine and water from refuse collection bins and send the bottles to the city“s largest glass recycling plant in Tuen Mun, where they will be used to manufacture ecological paving bricks. The campaign is being funded by the Environmental Protection Department. “When our dumper truck drivers perform their daily duties, they see large amounts of waste glass, which is 100% recyclable, being dumped at landfills every day”, said project coordinator April Lai Mui-ching. “We hope to mobilize the transportation sector and the community to raise consciousness about glass recycling”. Hong Kong currently disposes of about 300 tonnes of glass waste in landfills per day, with more bottles expected to be dumped in the future. According to the association, wine consumption is estimated to grow 71% between 2010 and 2013.