Apr 20 2012
In response to public opposition to the proposed Shek Kwu Chau Incinerator, Environment Bureau/Environmental Protection Department, submitted a written response in 2012 April 20th to Legislative Council, Panel of Environmental Affairs, to put the issue into perspective.
“Even at zero growth rate and 55% recovery rate, by 2018 Hong Kong still has 8,500 tonnes of solid waste to be landfilled even with introduction of waste charges in future. Without the incinerator to handle 3,000 tonnes per day, waste burden on landfill will be 11,500 tonnes per day in 2018.
Three landfills currently in operation will exhaust in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Incinerators design and construction time will take 2-7 years.
The Shek Kwu Chau facilities will include advance flue gas treatment system to meet the most stringent European standard, modern desalination plant, waste water treatment plant, comprehensive landscaping, environmental education centre, waste to energy renewable energy system.
All these facilities will be built on an artificial island. Reclamation work, berths and seawall construction, sub-marine cables will cost additional HK$2.4 billion.
The Cheung Chau and Shek Kwu Chau ferry set-up during construction, the environmental education centre as well as other recreational and leisure facilities, will benefit Cheung Chau and other outlying islands in terms of tourism and related business.”