“Monitoring of Solid Waste in Hong Kong – Waste Statistics for 2020” is released

The latest waste report for 2020 has been released. It presents 2020 statistics on the disposal and recycling of the solid waste in Hong Kong. In 2020, Hong Kong generated 5.39 million tonnes of solid waste at landfills. Of these, 30% were food waste, constituting the largest category of municipal solid waste (MSW) being landfilled, followed by waste paper (24%) and waste plastics (21%). Compared to 2019, there is an overall decrease of 5.7%. In 2020, there was an increase in recycling. About 230 000 tonnes of MSW were recycled, showing an increase of 11% compared to 2019. With the Plastic Recycling Pilot Scheme, locally recycled plastics and food waste were augmented by 27% and 19% respectively.

The Hong Kong government will continue to tackle the waste problem by introducing waste reduction and recycling measures, aiming at “Waste Reduction‧Resources Circulation‧Zero Landfill”. Meanwhile, various actions, such as producer responsibility schemes, MSW charging, expansion of community recycling network and private recycling market, are under process. 

The BLCC and our members will continue to monitor the figures, introduce & champion recycling technologies from Belgium & Luxembourg and stimulate reduction of waste where we can.

Click here to read the report.