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【Green Mid-Autumn】Tips for Waste Reduction

Let's cherish the precious things in our life, both our beloved family and the great environment, in the Mid-Autumn Festival and ever after! Here are some tips for the Festival so that you could waste less with your family and friends in this warm and gathering season. Donate excess mooncakes Estimate how many mooncakes you need before placing orders, and ask your friends and family if they have any preferences on flavours to prevent waste. If you have excess mooncakes, you may donate them to charity. Here is the list of mooncake donation programmes. Recycle mooncake boxes To recycle clean and recyclable mooncake boxes, you shall separate mooncake boxes and other packaging materials, e.g. plastic holders, based on the materials. Then, deliver them to GREEN@COMMUNITY or organisations carrying out relevant collection programmes. Reuse lanterns Avoid buying lanterns of styles easily outdated so that they can be used again next year. Keeping the lanterns for next year can help you reduce waste and save money at the same time.     Reference: Hong Kong Waste Reduction Website

[Tips from Water Save Dave] Treasure our water while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the countryside

Can you feel the cool autumn breeze? It is the season for hiking and picnic! Known for the scenic environments, the impounding reservoirs and Water Gathering Grounds (WGGs) in Hong Kong have become popular spots for countryside lovers.  While enjoying the scenic views and environments, are you also protecting our precious water resources? Tips from Water Save Dave Some tips on visiting reservoirs and WGGs are given by Water Save Dave of the Water Supplies Department (WSD) in the below videos: Want to know more about the water resources in Hong Kong? Apart from watching videos online, you can also learn the historical background and significance of various waterworks facilities by joining the "Excursion with Water Save Dave" Visiting Programme organised by WSD. The H2OPE Centre is also a place worth visiting. Through the interactive exhibits in this public education centre, visitors can gain a thorough understanding of various issues related to water resources in Hong Kong. Please refer to WSD's related websites for more information.

"H2OPE Centre" hydrates young minds

Have you ever wondered how raindrops are transformed into drinking water, and how does the water cycle work?The H2OPE Centre (H2O Public Education Centre) is a public education centre aiming at enhancing public’s knowledge of water conservation. Through the exhibits, live demonstrations and interactive games, visitors can gain a thorough understanding of various issues related to water resources in Hong Kong.12 Thematic Exhibition ZonesVisitors could learn how rain passes through catchwaters in mountains and is filtered and distributed to people’s homes at one of the 54 games or displays at the water education centre.  They can also try their hand at a fishing simulator to learn about tips and advice on fishing in reservoirs, watch immersive videos at the centre’s 3D dome theatre and discover ways to recycle and save water at other attractions. Virtual Tour Breaks Physical BarriersNo worries if you are not able to visit the centre in person! Water Supplies Department has also launched a virtual tour so that members of the public could view the exhibits while staying at home.Plan Your VisitWith crowd management measures, admission is not guaranteed for visitors without booking. Interested organisations or individual visitors are therefore encouraged to make booking by logging on to the Online Booking System to make applications.For details, please visit the website of H2OPE Centre.

[Waste-to-energy] The O · PARK1 Visitor Centre is Now Open!

O · PARK1, the first organic resources recovery centre in Hong Kong, converts food waste into electricity and the Visitor Centre provides a green education space that combines environmental protection, multiple technology features and learning elements. The Visitor Centre is now open to public, let's scroll down and know more about the new attractions! What is O· PARK1? O · PARK1 has been collecting food waste since July 2018. It converts food waste into biogas for power generation through the application of advanced biotechnology, with a daily food waste treatment capacity of about 200 tonnes. Apart from handling food waste, O · PARK1 is also responsible for promoting a 'food wise and waste less' culture to reduce food waste at source. Experience an exciting food-waste-to-eneger adventure The O · PARK1 Visitor Centre uses innovative computer animations to give visitors a general introduction of the centre's operation, design and craftsmanship. This is the first time that the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has integrated the use of 360-degree projection and 3D mapping technology in an educational facility.  Innovative computer animations are used to illustrate the advanced food waste treatment processes and the associated benefits in greenhouse gas reduction towards combating climate change. This also helps promote the "food wise and waste less" culture. Visitors can also experience an exciting food-waste-to-energy adventure, together with four food-waste characters, through a lively cartoon feature at the O · CLUB dome theatre. This unforgettable adventure shall enable visitors to better understand the food-waste-to-energy processes, helping to instill a behavioural change in food waste reduction at source. Get closer to "Big Waster" and the actual-size equipment and systems Outside the dome theatre, visitors will travel along an outdoor visitor path with three attractions. They can take photos with the iconic "Big Waster" at O · WELL, then stroll along the O · LINK path for a closer look at the actual-size equipment and systems, while tour guides will explain in detail the concept of converting food waste to energy and how the renewable energy can contribute towards the goal of carbon neutrality. Finally, visitors will arrive at the O · FARM sky garden, located on the rooftop of the composting and maturation building, to appreciate the horticulture. Receive a bag of compost as souvenir Shrubs in O · FARM and all the gardening within the facilities are nurtured by in-house produced compost products. Compost is the by-product generated from recycling food waste at O · PARK1 and all visitors will receive a bag of compost as a souvenir to share the benefits from food waste recycling. Details for visitors All visits must be booked. Free Cantonese, Putonghua and English guided tours are availble for booking on the online booking system of the O · Park 1 website. For details on opening hours, transportation and complimentary shuttle bus services, please click here. If you are interested in visiting other EPD facilities, please refer to EPD's website for more details.

Environmental Protection

Treasure the Environment Protecting the environment starts with pollution control. Ozone layer protection, maintaining clean air and working towards a clean Hong Kong harbour are very important. We can help reduce waste by paying attention to minor details in our daily lives, for example, not to take extra plastic bags when we go shopping. Tips for protecting the Environment Actually, there are many green tips to save the Earth. Believe it or not, they can save you money, too. Check out these energy-saving tips and water-saving tips. Source separation of domestic waste How to start a recycling programme? We just need your collaboration. The 3-colour waste separation bin system and the source separation of domestic waste programmes have been widely adopted in Hong Kong and have had a positive impact on waste reduction. Outlets for recyclable and used items Not everything we don’t need is rubbish. Sometimes, used clothes, books, toys and furniture can be of value to others. So when you want to throw them away, please consider sending them to outlets for recyclable and used items. Public events and activities related to environmental protection Besides protecting the environment in our daily lives, we can also take part in related public events and activities such as competitions, ambassador schemes and award schemes. Environmental Campaign Committee The Environmental Campaign Committee also holds various themed programmes throughout the year. Just check out these programmes and join in with your friends and family. Green Volunteer Scheme Or start with beautifying your living environment by joining the Green Volunteer Scheme More information on sustainable and environmental friendly technologies Visit HK Sustainable Technology Net to find out more information about sustainable and environmental friendly technologies. By applying the greening knowledge at home and schools, you can help to make Hong Kong a greener city. Education tools for environmental protection Environmental protection is a broad subject. The Hong Kong Government has designed interesting and fun educational tools for you to learn about it. A good place to start is at one of the Environmental Resource Centreswhere you will find many exhibits, library items, interactive games and environmental gardens. The Green Education and Resource Centre at Kowloon Park will bring you closer to nature and show you more about the importance of greening and environmental protection. Noise assessment mechanism You may also wish to take a lesson at home with the online Educational Package on Environmental Noise. This lesson shows you all about noise and its assessment, management and mitigation.Lastly, you can become a Public Works Engineer through the E-learning Platform for Environmental Impact Assessment Mechanism and make use of the EIA process to plan a development project to avoid adverse environmental impacts.