Waste Management is being growing BIG now – and what is the trend of it now
Human activities and productions create waste day by day, and uncontrollably large quantity of wastes were being dumped to the landfills.
In Hong Kong, there are 3,695 tons of Commercial and Industrial waste being sent to the landfills everyday, which is a combined weight of over 300 double decked buses. Upon this rate of waste disposal, landfills are expected to last till 2020.
Thus, the leaders all over the world are figuring out ways to reduce these wastes and relief the stresses to the environment. These are several trends on Waste Management that we would expect in the near future:
- The first trend that could be easily observed would be the digitalization of information. People started to use the Internet, instead of printed publications, to obtain knowledge and information. Advertisements in paper form are reducing while companies started placing advertisements on social media and search platforms. More businesses are using digital media to communicate with their customers formally, with the availability of secure electronic cheques and contracts online in Hong Kong.
- The second possible trend would be the ban on plastics, for plastics are non-biodegradable and very harmful to the ecosystems and wildlife. There are increasing number of cities imposing a levy on plastic bags, including Hong Kong, to start reduce human reliance on plastics. Companies would start to design eco-friendly packaging, avoiding the use of plastics.
- The third potential trend would be the reducing of electronic wastes (E-waste). There are growing rate of E-waste produced in recent years, with the emergence of smart phones and electronic gadgets. Ways to recycle these wastes would have to be devised and implemented by both corporations and world leaders soon before it makes the damage irreversible. Hong Kong government has completed their public consultation on producer responsibility schemes on waste electrical and electronic equipment and legislation of the scheme would be completed in the near future.
- Another trend would be the strategies on handling food waste problem. The food wastage problem in developed cities has been every serious, in Hong Kong, food waste is accounting for nearly 40% of all municipal solid wastes disposal. To alleviate the problem, the Hong Kong government has set up Food Wise Program on education and supporting food waste prevention. Food waste Recycling Program was implemented to further reduce food waste, including building an organic waste treatment facilities.
With these trends, more multinational corporations are placing emphasis on sustainable development and environmental protection, especially on Waste Management.
Waste Management became an inevitable agenda for everyone in the city. The Hong Kong government is working on policies and infrastructures coping with problems in waste management and it would be affecting all industries in the neat future. Check out the infographic of the Overview of Waste Management in Hong Kong for more details.
Thus, SGS is here to get you ready for the change in the near future. Our consultants would advice you on waster control management, cost reduction and integral waste logistics, ensuring you an effective and efficient plans and strategies on waste management. Having efficient waste management would not only help you to secure the customers who are mindful of the environment, it would help you to reduce costs in handling waste and save resources.
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