Like the rest of the world, waste is a serious problem in Hong Kong. In fact, we are the #1 wasters in the world. Each person in Hong Kong produces on average 921 Kg of solid waste per year. And that does not take into consideration construction and hazardous waste. Yet, our GDP per capita ranks even higher than that of the USA as according to the 2015 International Monetary Fund figures. Our government has billion dollar surpluses year after year. For 2016 they estimate a budget surplus of $12.3 billion USD and 2015 they had $8.2 billion USD. For a population of 7.4 million, that’s a lot of extra dough! By contrast, New York City has a population of 8.4 million (higher) and they expected a budget surplus of “only” $1.9 billion USD (much lower).
It is time to clean up our act!
Declare War on Waste Now!
Mapping Waste to provide a visual representation of wasted Hong Kong. Please contribute by uploading your photos along with date and location to our Facebook page and be sure to hash #shapingchange. If you don’t want a photo credit on the map, please be sure to indicate that in the FB photo caption.
Petitioning Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department to begin educating in it’s parks about waste. Please support our petition. We need all the help we can get both inside Hong Kong and internationally. As the leaders of litter, we owe it to the world to clean up our act.
Hashing is where you can also easily help. Wherever you see waste in Hong Kong, please post to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter with the hashes:
The more we spread awareness of the problem, the louder our voices can be to affect change.
Converting Corporates to be leaders of change. Waste all starts with the businesses who want you to buy their products. Yet they pass responsibility of waste to you while they reap all the benefits. Is that fair? Then some companies who also have a high consumer impact like Starbucks, McDonalds, Circle-K, 7-11, and Pacific Coffee not only could be cleaning up their act, but they also could be leading in-store education for the movement of change. So we’re lobbying them to start taking responsibility.
Walking the talk. Find out more.