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Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) (Schools Sector)
Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence is one of the most credible environmental awards in Hong Kong, under which the schools sector recognises schools with excellent environmental performance. The Schools Sector is further divided into three sub-sectors and all schools in Hong Kong can apply for the HKAEE. In addition to the 2022 HKAEE (Schools Sector), a standalone school-based special award, Best Green Education Initiative Award, is launched to recognise schools that have developed remarkable environmental education initiatives and gather good exemplars of environmental education practices in the schools sector. All pre-schools, primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong are welcome to apply. Objectives:-To recognise efforts put in by schools on environmental management and education;-To encourage schools’ continuous improvement in environmental action and performance by integrating environmental elements into school curriculum and long-term development through a whole-school approach;-To create an overall environmentally friendly ambience within the schools sector; and-To recognise schools with excellent environmental performance.
How would you handle idle home appliances? The Producer Responsibility Scheme on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WPRS) came into effect in 2018 indeed. Through the WPRS, relevant waste electrical and electronic equipment must be directed to licensed recycling facilities for proper treatment and recycling, turning waste into resources, thus offering a long term solution to potential land contamination and environmental problems arising from mishandling during transfer, storage and dismantling processes. In fact, there are at least five ways to handle unwanted electrical appliances. Statutory Free Removal ServiceThe WPRS provides a convenient recycling channel for the proper collection of used equipment requiring disposal. Upon purchase of a new REE item, including air-conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, computers, printers, scanners and monitors, members of the public are entitled to a statutory free removal service arranged by the seller to collect a used item of the same class. For details, please contact REE sellers, or click here to read more. Collection Hotline (2676 8888)Apart from the statutory free removal service, the Government also introduced a new and free collection service. Members of the public not purchasing a new REE item can make an appointment with the operator for the Government for a free collection service through the recycling hotline 2676 8888. This service will not only promote recycling, but it will also save members of the public the burden of disposing the used REE on their own or at a cost. Community Green Stations (CGSs)All CGSs accept waste electrical and electronic equipment for which will be transferred to suitable recyclers for handling. Please click here for details of the CGSs.E-waste Collection VehicleThe e-waste collection vehicle stations in 18 districts at Saturdays and Sundays on a roster basis to collect e-waste from the public. There are also collection station, education and publicity activities to introduce the importance of proper e-waste recycling. Please click here for details.Donation ServiceWEEE·PARK refurbishes some serviceable electrical appliances for donation to people in need for reuse, promoting a loving and caring community while going green. Refurbished appliances available for donation include refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners and televisions. Application should be made through referral by registered social worker. Please click here to download the application form.
Savoring Nature Up-close in Hong Kong
Everything about nature is grand and wondrous. The ecology of the city is vibrant and inspiring. Embark on a journey of ecological exploration and experience for yourself the many different aspects of nature and its irresistible pulse of life. Hong Kong Biodiversity Festival 2019 Hong Kong Biodiversity Festival 2019 provides 150 educational activities for you to savour nature up-close with Mr. B. The Biodiversity in Hong Kong PlantThe major vegetation of Hong Kong belongs to the evergreen broad-leaved forest of the subtropics. Many species typical of the Southeast Asian tropical flora are also seen here at the limit of their northern distribution range. About 3,300 species and varieties of vascular plants have been recorded in Hong Kong, around 2,100 of which are native.MammalAmong the 57 existing terrestrial mammalian species in Hong Kong, 27 species are bats and 30 species are non-flying mammals, such as Barking Deer, East-Asian Porcupine and Eurasian Otter. There are also two species of marine mammalian species, including Chinese white dolphin and finless porpoise.HerptileHong Kong has over 108 species of amphibians and reptiles, including snakes, frogs, chelonians, lizards and etc. Among all herptiles, there are endemic species "Bogadek's Burrowing Lizard" and species first recorded from Hong Kong, such as "Romer's Tree Frog".FishHong Kong has over 200 species of freshwater fish that inhabit most Hong Kong watercourses, from swift flowing hill streams to trickling lowland rivers and estuaries. There are almost 1,000 of marine fish species recorded.BirdAround 550 species of birds have been recorded in Hong Kong. Most of them are passage migrants in Spring and Autumn, and wintering visitors. Hong Kong has a variety of habitats which provide a rich supply of food and shelter for these birds.InsectHong Kong is rich in insect fauna. There are about 200 species of butterflies and over 100 species of dragonflies being recorded in the territory. Most of them are brilliantly coloured and they are the most attractive flying creatures other than birds. (Information provided by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department)