Green group urges wood recycling from trees felled by Mangkhut

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Green group urges wood recycling from trees felled by Mangkhut

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Hong Kong’s handling of post-typhoon tree waste will worsen the city’s landfills problem, says Roy Tam of environmental group Green Sense. Photos: Green Sense, HKEJ

The government should set up recycling zones to handle wood from the trees that were brought down by Typhoon Mangkhut, an environmental group said on Tuesday, arguing that the fallen trees that are being chopped up must be put to use as much as possible, rather than allow the material to get dumped as waste in landfill sites.

At a press conference, Green Sense chief executive Roy Tam Hoi-pong, who is also a member of the Tsuen Wan District Council, criticized the government over the manner in which it is dealing with the large amount of fallen trees and branches.

Attention is not being paid to the issue of utilization of the wood waste, Tam said, noting that there haven’t been efforts to sort the chopped up tree trunks and branches to determine which can be put to use for recycling…

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