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Hong Kong wants to slap tax on garbage disposal

Hong Kong wants to slap tax on garbage disposal

HONG KONG: Environmentalists Wednesday welcomed plans for Hong Kong to introduce a "pay-as-you-throw" tax on rubbish disposal as the city moves to tackle a growing waste problem. Under the new system -- which is also known as trash-metering and has been implemented in places including Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and New Zealand -- residents would be charged based on how much rubbish they throw out. The city must "tackle the imminent waste problem" and such a plan could "prompt the public to change their daily living habits", Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau said in a statement. Official data shows that the city generates about 19,000 tonnes of solid waste every day, with 9,100 tonnes dumped into landfills -- two thirds of it domestic waste. Only 52 per cent of total waste is recycled. "We fully support the government's proposal to put a tax on the throwing of garbag...

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