1 Nov 2017
Community Investment Forum for Joint Community Builders
Meeting 5: Environmental Sustainability
In a consumption-based society like Hong Kong, we produce 1,700 tonnes of plastic waste every day, which has been rapidly accumulating in our landfills, waterways, and oceans. As a result, fish and wildlife are becoming intoxicated from the plastics that have then entered the food chain, seriously threatening human health. Join this forum to watch a 22-min version of the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” to gain an overview of this pressing global environmental issue and learn what you can do to reduce plastic wastage.
Dr. Merrin PearsemoreSustainability Consultant & Ecopreneur
Jo RuxtonmoreProducer, “A Plastic Ocean”; and “BBC Blue Planet”
Dr. Steve WongmoreManaging Director, Fukutomi Co. Ltd.; Executive President, China Scrap Plastic Association
Hannah ChungmoreAdvocate of the Zero Waste Challenge
Sustainability Consultant & Ecopreneur
Dr. Merrin Pearse
Producer, “A Plastic Ocean”; and “BBC Blue Planet”
Managing Director, Fukutomi Co. Ltd.; Executive President, China Scrap Plastic Association
Dr. Steve Wong
Notwithstanding the constraining factors of plastic recycling in Hong Kong due to waste streams management, high operational cost and shortage of skilled workers, Steve sees that there is a need for plastic recycling here for the good of Hong Kong in order to alleviate the environmental pollutions arising from landfills and ocean debris. The recycling plant in Hong Kong is equipped with the most sophisticated recycling equipment capable of processing even laminated films apart from other plastic items such as bags which are of high potential of becoming ocean debris.
As the Executive President of China Scrap Plastics Association, Steve liaises between the government and the recycling industry. Being invited to share his experiences in the recycling industry, he is a frequent speaker at different conferences in which he promotes “close the loop”, “blue economy” and circular economy as his visions for the long term sustainability of the world and a green environment needed by our future generations.
Advocate of the Zero Waste Challenge
Additionally, she works for Green Monday, a social enterprise advocating for a plant-based diet to collectively reduce carbon emissions, and is the Co-Chair for the annual Food's Future Summit organised by Foodie. Follow her on Instagram @thezerowastechallenge for regular tips and updates.