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Hong Kong is considering charging for the disposal of rubbish. The Council for Sustainable Development has launched a four-month public consultation on how to charge households for rubbish disposal.
HONG KONG: Hong Kong is considering charging for the disposal of rubbish.
It is estimated that around 13,400 tonnes of waste are sent to landfills each day.
Bernard Chan, chairman of the Hong Kong Council for Sustainable Development, said: "We have a serious problem. We have a problem that is not going to be sustainable. The landfill is filling up. We don't have many other tools in the short-term to deal with the situation. So how to reduce waste at the source is very vital."
The Council has launched a four-month public consultation on how to charge households for rubbish disposal.
Its consultation paper refers to Taipei, where conditions are very similar to Hong Kong.
Households there pay between US$4 and US$8 a month.
But the council says the Taipei example is only for reference and the amount that Hong Kong people should be charged is open for discussion.
Three proposals have been put forward, including charging households according to the amount of rubbish they produce.