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Aside from buying new clothes and gifts for the Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday, you may also celebrate the festival by recycling or donating unnecessary stuff at home to echo in environmental protection. Check out below the recycling programmes available this year.Peach Blossom Trees Recycling ProgrammeThe Environmental Protection Department (EPD) will collect peach blossom trees (PBTs) at designated locations after Lunar New Year holiday this year and recycle suitable PBTs collected into recyclable products via Y‧PARK contractor in order to promote recycling of yard waste in the community and reduce yard waste disposal at landfills. Details of the Programme are as follows:Collection Period: 28 January to 5 February 2023 (total 9 days)Collection Points: A central collection point (CCP) at Y‧PARK, Tsang Tsui, Tuen Mun and 54 district collection points (DCPs) distributed over the territory. Please refer to the programme website for details. Community Used Clothes Recycling Bank SchemeDuring CNY, you may also donate your old clothes instead of buying new ones. "Community Used Clothes Recycling Bank Scheme" (the Scheme) is a community participation scheme implemented by the Home Affairs Department (HAD). Launched in September 2006 which aims at facilitating the public to donate used clothes in support of environmental protection and charities.Collection Period: Throughout the yearCollection Points: Please refer to the Location List of "Community Used Clothes Recycling Banks". Hong Kong Second-hand Exchange (Online Platform)The Hong Kong Second-hand Exchange is a free community service provided by the EPD. It aims to facilitate the exchange of unwanted but still usable items to help reduce, reuse and recycle waste in Hong Kong.
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.
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.