“Severe the mess!”
February 24, 2010
Ms Rainy LI (FEHD – Health Inspector)
Mr HS CHAN (EPA – Assistant Environmental Protection Officer)
Mr KL CHOY (Island Administration Division – Land Administration Officer)
Ms Virginia CHEUNG (Clearance and Culture Department – Likang Affairs Manager)
Ms Ivy CHAN (Island District Office – Liaison Officer)
Ms. Laura Ruggeri (“Live in Nanxun” – Chairman)
Mrs. Jo Wilson (“Live in Nanxun” – Secretary)
Ms. Chris Lam (“Live in Nanxun” – Correspondent)
Living in Nanxun is a registered body (No. CP/LIC/SO/19/40679), which was established in May 2009. The first exercise we did was to prevent the natural habitat of the eucalyptus valley from being destroyed. Unfortunately, our efforts have failed – the lotus ponds of the past and the baboons and birds that used to be there have disappeared, replaced by a large landfill!
Unfortunately, the rubbish is still dumped and disposed of in many places on Lamma Island. In November 2009, “Live in Nanxun” began the “Severe Disorder!” campaign to organize and beautify Lamma Island. We collected more than 230 signatures in the first petition letter and contributed to the two Legislative Council members of the New Territories West, He Junren and Chen Weiye, to visit the island. They both agreed that the problem of dumping garbage was serious. We invited you to make a joint field trip today.
problem lies in
1. Dumping and waste management – this will be the focus of our investigation today. Garbage is dumped and disposed of in various places on the island. In many cases, garbage is left over the years! In view of this, we realized that many garbage collection stations are no longer suitable for use. People tend to dump garbage outside the garbage collection station, but the trash can is empty! It is also worth pondering that if the environment is not properly beautified, even if the existing garbage is cleaned up, they will quickly return to the original and be covered by waste. The Government has set up fences in certain areas to prevent dumping of waste. However, these ugly fences and signs have only further deteriorated the environment on Lamma Island!
2. Processes that are shoddy – especially in the disposal of waste – Contractors use multiple “temporary storage” locations, often used to place demolition and construction waste, including old water pipes that were removed when new water pipes were installed, and installed After the new telephone booth was abandoned, the old telephone booth that was rusting at any time and the remaining building materials left behind.
3. Lack of maintenance – especially metal railings, let it rust and peel off, or even fall, and then left in place. Public or government buildings such as the Yung Shue Wan Code and the Waterworks Building will look better than they are now if properly maintained.
4. Trees – There seems to be more and more notice about felling trees, but we don’t see any evidence of continued maintenance or replanting.
5. Planning and Design – There is no concept of rural planning and design here. The design on Lamma Island does not retain the awareness of rural style and character. The poured concrete and the ugly fences are increasing. For example, in the new police station and the rest area, the project has had a major impact on the island’s appearance. The authorities did not disclose sufficient information about the design and appearance during the public consultation period. Many so-called improvement projects, such as the banyan tree open channel and the fence of the banyan tree beside the police post, only make our village ugly and cause more problems – the open channel introduces sewage and garbage backflow to the banyan tree, and is fenced by a fence. The place has become the largest raging post on the island!
We appreciate your visit today! Let us work together to beautify Lamma Island through the following channels:
1. Clean up the garbage black spots;
2. Improve waste management – construction and household waste;
3. Redesign the garbage collection station and the place where the trash can is placed;
4. Beautify the landscape to curb the dumping of waste;
5. Establish tree management mechanisms to maintain and plant trees;
6. Redesign some areas of Yung Shue Bay to enhance their appeal: provide more seats for visitors or residents to rest, improve children’s facilities, add gardens, remove unnecessary fences and provide shelter.
Today’s visits are as follows: Yushuwan Street, Yushuyu Valley, Shapu Village, Dayuan Village and Hengyu Village. Please refer to Appendix 1 for photos. The same problem has occurred in other villages. We are also monitoring the following areas: Daping Village, Daping New Village, Dawan Village, Dawandu, Hong Shengye and North Point Village. We have attached some photos here for discussion today (see Appendix II).
The annex also includes some designs to improve the landscape of the Yung Shue Bay, as examples, such as the welcome wall at the pier, the drainage exit of the open channel and the community garden on the waterfront. The purpose of these recommendations is to promote discussion on how to beautify public places on the island. See Appendix III.
Waste management on Lamma Island
On Lamma Island, many people want to know how our waste will be treated and how others can handle certain items more appropriately and effectively.
Living in Nanxun advocates responsible waste disposal methods and looks forward to receiving guidance from relevant government departments.
|Food waste||Is there a plan similar to the Japanese Bokashi system that converts discarded food into fertilizer? Can we start the same type of plan? Which department(s) can I contact?|
|2. Horticultural waste||We have noticed that most of the trees that have been felled will be removed from the country vehicles. Is the tree being sent to the transfer station? How will they be disposed of? Is there a system/system for chopping and composting such waste on Lamma Island? Can we start?|
|3. Dilapidated electrical appliances||Is there a collection center for dilapidated electrical appliances in the transfer station? How will such items be handled after being sent off from Lamma Island?|
|4. Construction waste||Nowadays, there are many places on Lamma Island that are full of construction waste, which is often reused when building new houses. Is there a designated area on the island for storing these materials? Is there a better management method to curb arbitrary dumping?|
|5. Old furniture||Is there a recycling site in the transfer station? Is there a perfect way to distinguish between reusable items and garbage? How will this type of waste be disposed of?|
|6. Old clothes and shoes||We noticed that there is a clothing recycling bin on Lamma Island. How will such items be handled? Can I add more clothes recycling bins? Can it be part of the newly designed waste collection station?|
|7. Recyclable materials: plastic, metal, paper||How will this type of material be disposed of after being sent to Lamma Island? We have noticed that there is no color coding on the garbage bags for recycling materials. Many of our members are concerned that such recycled materials will be disposed of in the same way as other general wastes.|
|8. Battery||What is the best way to handle batteries? Is there a battery recycling program?|
|9. Prohibited items||Are there any items that should not be disposed of in the trash can? What items do you include, and how do we deal with them?|
|10. Heavy/large objects||Overweight or bulky objects are difficult to move. Does it help us – especially the elderly and the disabled – to dispose of such objects?|
|11. Sewage||The houses on Lamma Island have septic tanks, but many residents do not know how to properly manage and maintain them. What happens when the things they contain are poured out? Although the Drainage Services Department is currently laying pipelines in some areas to place sewage treatment systems, it has not fully explained the equipment to the residents – we all want to know clearly how long it will take and how much it will cost per household. Furthermore, what will happen to existing septic tanks? We also want to know how the sewage will be treated before it is discharged into the sea.|
One of the things that “Live in Nanxun” is willing to put into action is to help those who need to remove rubbish from private land. If we do this, is the transfer station willing to receive the garbage we sent without charging any fees? Since we are a voluntary group with limited funds, we hope to ensure that we can help you clean up the rubbish without paying for the expenses we can’t afford. .