Hong Kong arrivals meet plastic all over the place in quarantine inns: Distant controls are wrapped in cellophane, pillows are encased in plastic baggage, meals comes with plastic cutlery.
Hong Kong’s strict quarantine insurance policies – supposed to halt COVID-19 on the border and locally – have been criticised for damaging the economic system and psychological well being. Environmentalists say the insurance policies are additionally hurting the setting by producing extra waste.
“Each single one of many workers members right here wears full PPE… the robes, the gloves, the booties, the hats, and that is each workers member and on each ground,” stated Hong Kong-based skincare entrepreneur Clementine Vaughan, who flew into the town on April 4. “The telephones, you realize, the distant controllers, every little thing’s been cellophane-wrapped,” she stated, talking to Reuters from her quarantine resort.
Hong Kong disposes of over 2,300 tonnes of plastic waste a day, and with a recycling charge of simply 11%, in line with authorities figures, most of it goes into landfills.
A authorities spokesperson stated officers had been conscious of a surge in disposable waste since COVID started, urging individuals to undertake a inexperienced life-style so far as attainable.
Edwin Lau, with native environmental group The Inexperienced Earth, stated Hong Kong’s method to COVID mirrored its lack of environmental consciousness.
“Individuals residing in quarantine inns, they aren’t confirmed instances,” Lau stated, urging the federal government to permit the recycling or reuse of plastics from quarantine services.
Hong Kong, one of many few locations that holds to a zero-COVID coverage, has quarantined tens of 1000’s of individuals this yr in services for the COVID-positive and close to contacts.
The services add to the waste drawback, with residents confirming to Reuters all meals got here in plastic baggage.
Paul Zimmerman, an elected district councillor, stated the services are additionally wasteful as a result of they can not be used long-term, similar to for public housing.
“They have been constructed in a short time … (and do not) adjust to any specific constructing requirements we now have in Hong Kong.”
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