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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

CE visits EPD’s green facilities

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today visited the green facilities run by the Environmental Protection Department in Sheung Wan, Lantau and Tuen Mun.   Mrs Lam first visited GREEN@SHEUNG WAN, a new Recycling Store set up by the department, to learn more about its work in recyclables separation.   The department’s 22 Recycling Stores form part of a community recycling network and have received over 50,000 visitors in less than three months since their operation began.   Mrs Lam said she believes that such initiatives encourage more people to integrate the practice of waste reduction and recycling into their daily lives.   She then visited O.PARK1 at Siu Ho Wan on Lantau Island, which is the first organic resources recovery centre in Hong Kong for converting food waste into electricity.   As the daily food waste treatment capacity of O.PARK1 is only about 200 tonnes, the department is constructing O.PARK2 to meet additional needs.   The Chief Executive also visited another waste-to-energy facility in Tuen Mun, namely T•PARK, where she was briefed on the technology of turning sewage sludge generated from sewage treatment facilities into electricity. Nearly 280,000 people have visited the park since its opening.   Upon concluding the green tour, Mrs Lam emphasised that various government bureaus and departments will fully support the Environment Bureau to promote the Waste Blueprint for Hong Kong 2035 to realise the vision of waste reduction, resources circulation and zero landfill.   She added that she hopes the Legislative Council can finish scrutinising the bill on charging for municipal solid waste and pass it as early as possible to assist in waste and carbon reduction to combat climate change and create more job opportunities.
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