Meeting with Anissa Wong, Director of EPD 24 May 2010

Over the last year, Living Lamma has been campaigning to stop dumping on Lamma Island and investigate ways in which the island can be kept clean in a sustainable manner.

We would like to highlight two major problems at today’s meeting:

  1. Dumping of construction and other waste on land zoned for agricultural use and in residential areas.
  2. Inadequate facilities to manage the waste generated by the community.
  3. Lack of government leadership and co-­‐ordination.

Please remember that Living Lamma is a group run entirely by volunteers, all of whom have full-­‐time jobs elsewhere. In the last year, we have been passed from one department to another and back again, with little real action been taken on the part of government. We hope that as a result of today’s meeting, the EPD will take the lead in coordinating efforts between departments to resolve the issues that we raise.

1. Dumping

Since the EPD introduced charging for the disposal of construction waste, there have been more and more incidences of dumping of this waste.

The EPD tells us this “does not constitute a nuisance.” IT DOES. The EPD calls this “storage of C&D materials.” IT IS NOT.

Some suggestions:

    1. Nuisance should include visual impact
    2. If it is “storage” then it should be stored in an appropriate manner
    3. Depositing of hardcore for the purpose of building a village house should be allowed if the owner has planning permission to build and that the building is to go ahead within a reasonable timeframe.
    4. The EPD should provide proper storage facilities for construction waste so that it can be reused within the community.
    5. Like other groups, we are concerned that the EPD’s proposed amendments to the WDO will provide a government-­‐sanctioned green light to further dumping. We urge you to act to prevent dumping, not be a party to it.

2. Waste Management

Here are some examples of what currently happens to our waste on Lamma:

TYPE OF WASTE WHERE IT ENDS UP FINAL RESULT
Food Waste Waste Transfer Station LANDFILL
Garden Waste Waste Transfer Station

Left on the side of the path

LANDFILL

EYESORE – Pieces left are too large to compost

Unwanted Electrical Items If placed at the bins – they go to the WTS

Others stockpiled on the harbour front

Placed on private land

LANDFILL

EYESORE until they are removed

EYESORE

Construction waste Waste Transfer Station for the big pieces

Placed on private land

LANDFILL

EYESORE

Old furniture Placed at the bins: Picked up and reused Picked up and dumped

Taken to the WTS

REUSED until next time EYESORE

LANDFILL

Old clothes and shoes Recycled quite well within the community, placed in FoE bin REUSED

Often overflowing, items get wet/moldy

Recyclable materials Put in recycling bins Picked up by private contactor
Glass bottles and jars Waste transfer station LANDFILL
Batteries Waste transfer station LANDFILL
Out of date medicines Waste transfer station LANDFILL
Prohibited items (such as chemical cans, etc) Waste transfer station

Dumped with other construction waste on private land

LANDFILL

EYESORE, contaminant

Oil drums Stockpiled outside restaurants EYESORE
Polystyrene cartons Stockpiled outside restaurants EYESORE
Septic tank waste Under investigation, though we know of cases where this has been dumped Environmental hazard
Cooking oil Under investigation Environmental hazard?
Heavy/bulky items Taken to waste transfer station

Placed on private land

LANDFILL EYESORE

How this waste could be disposed of, some examples and constraints. The problems with our refuse collection points. (Pictures)

The Waste Transfer Station. (Flow chart)

Lack of government leadership and co-­ordination

    1. What is rubbish?
    2. Where is it found?
    3. Unfortunately the problem does not behave like that (show examples from book)