Long Match 2018: Eco Study Tour
Kin Patrick Lee
From March 1 to August 31, 2018
Secondary School Students of Hong Kong and Suita, Japan
Target avg age
Sustainable Development Goal
Responsible Consumption and Production
Peace, Prosperity and Sustainability
At present, most of Hong Kong's food waste is disposed of at landfills together with other municipal solid waste. In 2017, there were some 9,278 tonnes of MSW disposed of at landfills each day. Of these, about 3,337 tonnes (36%) were food waste, constituting the largest MSW category being landfilled. Among the food waste disposed of daily, some 809 tonnes were generated from commercial and industrial (C&I) sources such as restaurants, hotels, wet markets, food production and processing industries. In recent years, the amount of food waste arising from the C&I sectors has increased steadily: from less than 400 tonnes per day in 2007 to over 800 tonnes per day in 2017.
The current practice of disposing of biodegradable food waste at landfills is not sustainable and is environmentally undesirable as it depletes the limited landfill space, creates odour nuisance, generates leachate and landfill gases that require further mitigation measures to deal with, and squanders the useful organic contents.
The purpose of this project is to motivate the students from Hong Kong and Japan to think about the food waste problem.
A total of 40 students from Hong Kong and Japan was participating the 3 day camp in Hong Kong, to learn about the challenges of Food Wasting Problem together.
Before the event: Screening of students for the from Hong Kong and Japan through SDG lessons and tests
1st Day - Design Thinking on Scavenger Hunt : introduction on climate change, movies, activities, drawing about what they think and learn how to recycle food container bags into utilities
2nd Day - Visiting Hong Kong Organic Farm:
Activities to learn everyone can participate, and learn from the Organic farming class and learn about bio technology behind and how food waste can convert to fertiliser soil and even fungus for biometric gasoline.
3nd Day - Visit The Food Angel Community Centre in Sham Shui Po:
The participants learn and being part of food angels, in lessons and participate their daily task to rescue 5 tonnes of edible surplus food a day into over 8,000 nutritious hot meals and food packs daily free of charge for people who are in need of food assistance.
The 40 students from HK and Japan were educated with food waste issue and further wide spread the message to their schools.
2 radio interviews of Hong Kong and Japan created impact to the citizens that aware of issue of Food Waste.
Recommend to leverage our sister chapters to outspread the food waste issue