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Waste and Recycling in Hong Kong and Britian

Waste Management The city Hong Kong in China generates around 6.4 million tons of waste each year. It has been estimated that in eight years Hong Kong will have reached it’s maximum for landfill space. Already 13 of it’s major allocated landfill spaces have been shut down because of the over abundance of rubbish there. Once full then closed they are turned into golf courses, hospitals and parks. The accumulated data of rubbish compiled is incomplete however between 1960 and 1988 these thirteen reportedly closed and transformed landfill spaces closed around 1999 and of the thirteen the last recorded closure was in Pillar Point Valley and is yet to be currently used for anything as indeed four other of the rubbish filled sites. However of these four there are proposals in place to them to be used as parks and football academy’s plus one of these does not have any concrete ideas about what it will eventually be however in ‘Jordan Valley’ the eleventh closed landfill site on the chart is reportedly said to be transformed by 2010. The government has recently introduced waste management and is commercially delivering educational measures on how-to reduce waste. I think this maybe the best place for the TrashRobot to begin it’s household journey for the waste and recycling.

Similar to the UK Hong Kong has made radical changes in the way shopping is done congruent with the UK this year they introduced a levy scheme on shopping bags by increasing the price of these bags, not because they don’t make good rubbish bags but because the plastic is difficult to dispose of. Apparently for every person three of these bags were before the levy disposed of people people living in Hong Kong a estimated calculation of 8 billion bags thrown into the landfill pile in 2008. That’s a lot of bags but if you had a Trash Robot there would be an even greater reduction on the amount of bags used in the household. Perhaps we could even give our robot a grand design that would enable it to go out and do shopping with us. It could have a pocket where it carries those foldable bags and be able to carry for than one perhaps three even.

DR Rottalotta’s Lab video about plastic bags and landfill sites in Britain.

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