Hotels unite to recycle glass containers

A new recycling programme targeting glass containers was officially launched on November 17, adding new momentum to the Green Hong Kong effort.

“This event is only an important start and we hope that glass recycling can be further extended to more hotels or other sectors in the near future,” the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Edward Yau, said when officiating at the launching ceremony at Piazza of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

“The recycling of glass containers helps reduce waste and conserve natural resources” he said.

The Glass Container Recycling Programme for Hotel Sector is a trade-funded voluntary recycling programme. Eleven hotels - the Eaton, Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt, InterContinental, Langham Place Mongkok, Mandarin Oriental, JW Marriott, The Peninsula, Renaissance Harbour View, Renaissance Kowloon and Sheraton - have volunteered to jointly organise and fund the programme.

Administered by the Hong Kong Hotels Association, the programme aims to recover and recycle beverage glass containers generated by the participating hotels in the course of business. They are large in quantity and easier to handle.

The glass containers collected from the participating hotels will be delivered to a glass recycler in Tuen Mun where they will be crushed into glass sand to replace natural river sand in the production of paving blocks.

The Secretary for the Environment, Mr Edward Yau (left), officiates at the launching ceremony of the Glass Container Recycling Programme for the Hotel Sector at the Piazza of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre today (November 17). This marks the official commencement of the recycling programme.
The Secretary for the Environment, Mr Edward Yau (left), officiates at the launching ceremony of the Glass Container Recycling Programme for the Hotel Sector at the Piazza of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre today (November 17). This marks the official commencement of the recycling programme.

Source: GovHK (www.gov.hk)