Letter: ERM Study Trip to Lamma 2014

ERM Study Trip to Lamma
Wednesday 11th June 2014

Dear Ronald,

To get the most out of your trip, we’d like you see what residents and visitors see. We have, therefore, prepared some questions for you to contemplate on your way over.

  1. How many items are sold in glass bottles at the ferry pier?
  2. What environmental messages are there: a) at Pier 4 in Central, b) on the ferry, and c) on arrival in Yung Shue Wan?
  3. Is there any message that might cause you to think or act differently?
  4. If you drink a bottle of beer on the ferry, where would be the most convenient place to dispose of the used glass bottle?
  5. Where is the nearest glass recycling bin to the ferry pier located?
  6. What do you notice about the bins as you come off the pier?

I will meet you at the ferry pier. This is the planning intention for Lamma:

“The general planning intention is to conserve the natural landscape, the rural character and car-free environment of Lamma Island; to retain Luk Chau in its natural state; and to enhance the role of Lamma Island as a leisure destination. The ecologically and environmentally sensitive areas including the Sham Wan SSSI, the South Lamma Island SSSI, mountain uplands, woodland and the undisturbed natural coastlines should be protected.

Future growth of the settlement is limited to the existing villages and development nodes. The existing low-rise, low-density character of the traditional villages and other residential areas should be retained. Supporting Government, institution and community and open space facilities have been allowed for. Opportunities have also been provided for the enhancement of the waterfront of Yung Shue Wan and integrating recreational and visitor attractions. It is also the planning intention to preserve the cultural heritage of Lamma Island, which is one of the most ancient settlements in the territory. The heritage sites could also serve as visitor attractions to enhance the role of the island for conservation and as a leisure destination.” (Statutory Outline Zoning Plan for Lamma Island)

Living Lamma supports the planning intention and our efforts at campaigning for a cleaner environment and better facilities – including better waste management – are all geared towards fulfilling the government’s vision for the island. A combination of factors have prevented even simple improvements from being adopted, but we are now seeing positive signs of change as more people are becoming aware of the problems. Certainly, the relationship between the lack of design in our waste facilities, lack of engagement with regards to responsibility for waste and the damage to our environment is now starting to be addressed.

Lamma’s waste problems are symptomatic of all other places in Hong Kong. As your focus is glass, I will give you a guided history of our experience with the pilot glass recycling scheme with a walk through the Yung Shue Wan.

We would like to discuss with you how improvements to glass recycling – both operationally and from an engagement perspective – can help clean up Lamma and provide a good example for other places in Hong Kong to follow. If ERM is engaged in other aspects of waste management in our community, we would also be happy to take you through our observations and experiences.

I have written several papers on waste and recycling, which I am happy to share with you. I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday and will meet you off the 8.50 am ferry.

Best regards


Jo Wilson
Living Lamma

Clean Up Lamma!

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