Recycling in Hong Kong is easier than it seems. Now with HKRecycles offering pickup directly from your door for hkd20- a month (they provide the recycling bins and glass recycling too!) there is NO EXCUSE not to recycle. And it’s a fun fulfilling thing to do. Many buildings have now introduced the blue, brown, and yellow (paper, plastics, metals) recycling bins in the common areas of lobbies, tucked away out of the flow of traffic. A convenient way to ask about these bins is to snap a photo of the pic below or google ‘recycling bin Hong Kong’ and show it to the building management.
Recycling bins can be requested and other questions on recycling answered right here at the Waste Problems and Solutions government website. Also, for those who wonder what to do with their spare clothes, there’s large green Used Clothes Recycling bins dotted around Hong Kong, with locations listed at the Friends of the Earth website.
NOTE : Limited space means that small and slim recycling b ins big recycling bins are less viable inside the home, but there are slim and small options to be found that fit snugly under a sink or against a wall of the kitchen. Normal bins or hanging bags will also work, as exhibited in the wonderful idea of the Recycling Frame by Matteriashop, which uses a normal shopping bag on a frame for a recycling bin.
Here’s an article on recycling in Hong Kong, and a link for more info on Government intentions on waste reduction and recycling. Overall, efforts are being made and Hong Kong is a city open to change, so the future looks brighter than it ever has, especially if the Central Waterfront Development is done nicely. Also worth noting is China’s intention to shut down polluting factories in Shenzhen, which would have a positive effect on Hong Kong’s air quality.
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