Environment chief continues Korean visit

Secretary for the Environment KS Wong today continued his visit to Korea to learn more about its environmental facilities and policies and the local development of green social enterprises.

Mr Wong visited the Gangbuk waste recycling and treatment centre, which is located in a cave and treats 60 tonnes of recyclables per day. Mr Wong toured the plants in the centre to see the processes for treating different types of recyclables which are turned into usable resources for local use or export.

He then visited the country’s first and leading green social enterprise, the Beautiful Store, to learn more about its success in promoting recycling.

The Beautiful Store runs more than 100 shops across the nation, selling donated products to promote resource circulation and recycling. It also helps provide opportunities for the public and the commercial sector to get involved in recycling and other environmentally friendly activities, and to care for the grass-root communities. Mr Wong looked forward to this type of business in Hong Kong to mobilise community support for resource circulation.

In the afternoon, Mr Wong called on Vice-Minister of the Environment Jeong Yeon-man. He was briefed on Korea’s vision, mission and strategies for waste management.

Mr Wong will inspect other waste-treatment projects and facilities tomorrow before returning to Hong Kong.

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