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    Glass recycling

    Anyone else had their glass recycling bins disappear recently? Someone trying to stop protestors getting their hands on bottles?


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    Our regular recycler collected our glass bins as normal this past Saturday and left replacement bins as normal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kittykaitak:
    Anyone else had their glass recycling bins disappear recently? Someone trying to stop protestors getting their hands on bottles?
    Yes, this was announced a week or so ago. To prevent large scale supplies to protestors assembling Molotovs.

    Rubbish bins have also been removed across town and replaced in some places with plastic bags..

    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/...ints-part-hong

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    Quote Originally Posted by kittykaitak:
    Anyone else had their glass recycling bins disappear recently? Someone trying to stop protestors getting their hands on bottles?
    Yes. Because of course it makes more sense to cancel recyling than to actually think about what the protesters want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharSiuNow:
    Yes. Because of course it makes more sense to cancel recyling than to actually think about what the protesters want.
    I have my doubts whether what's collected actually gets recycled anyhow...
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    I think the idea was to encourage residents to donate the glass bottles to the students directly for recycling cutting out the middleman so to speak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornmeal:
    I have my doubts whether what's collected actually gets recycled anyhow...
    I've visited a glass recycling facility in Tuen Mun. They crush the glass and make them into pavement bricks for the government.

    I guess by taking away the bins the government is killing two birds with one stone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornmeal:
    I have my doubts whether what's collected actually gets recycled anyhow...
    OK, but that at least would be honest. "Look, dear citizens of Hong Kong, we don't really give a rat's behnd about the planet, we're blasting cold air in the street like there's no tomorrow (which there may not be), we're not planning to make buses or taxis cleaner because that would eat into profits, so let's stop pretending and just throw everything in the harbour."

    That would be an improvement. Instead they try to stop the protest by stopping recycling, by banning masks, and by sending riot police to high schools, because, you know, that will really solve our social issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elegiaque:
    I've visited a glass recycling facility in Tuen Mun. They crush the glass and make them into pavement bricks for the government.

    I guess by taking away the bins the government is killing two birds with one stone...
    That's not how glass should be recycled, it's bizarre. Back home the bottles have deposits and are brought to store for redemption, the bottles then go to be cleaned and sterilized and reused for the same purpose. Using glass for paving bricks is a terrible waste of the resource, and there is a shortage of sand to make it due to such cases:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/globa...ffects-2018-12

    I've seen the garbage trucks throw everything, mixed with trash, into the back, so I guess they just combine it for easy sorting later?

    HK has, bar none, the most atrocious environmental policy and awareness of any city I've lived in. Why a city with virtually non-existent resources and even less land, yet ample wealth, doesn't have a mandatory recycling program is beyond me. The amount of waste created here is mind boggling, especially in terms of home/commercial renos and perfectly good furniture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornmeal:
    That's not how glass should be recycled.
    Turning old glass bottles into new ones in HK isn't practical. There are no glass bottle production facililties to my knowledge in Hong Kong to send it to, you'd have to ship it into the Mainland. That increases the carbon footprint and so reduces the effect and can't even be done any more since nowhere is importing waste, it's just not that valuable, yet. The raw materials for glass are cheap and abundant but to recycle it you need the same amount of energy as new.

    Grinding it up and mixing it with reclamation saves the space it would take up in landfill. Glass is heavy and inert so chucking it in the ground with short transport is the best for it. Anything else just costs. If that can be done by avoiding landfill, even better.

    Steel, aluminium and even paper don't have the same issues. Easily recycled compared to processing from the raw materials, the mining (growing) of which is expensive (slow). Even PET is easier handled just to its lower mass.

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    Just looked up some figures for energy saved per tonne by recycling (I assume this excludes transportation)...

    Glass 42 kWh
    Steel 642 kWh
    Plastic 5774 kWh
    Office paper 4100 kWh
    Newsprint 601 kWh
    Aluminium 14000 kWh
    Last edited by stickyears; 26-11-2019 at 10:23 AM.
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