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Eco bureau to launch recycling for light fittings

The Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA) announced Wednesday that it will launch a scheme for the recycling of various light fittings in May, as well as a number of other schemes to be launched later this year with the aim of reducing waste generation.

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The Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA) announced Wednesday that it will launch a scheme for the recycling of various light fittings in May, as well as a number of other schemes to be launched later this year with the aim of reducing waste generation.

The bureau hosted a press conference in an auditorium at the CEM Headquarters in Estrada D. Maria II to brief the media about its upcoming measures and activities with the aim of reducing waste generation.

According to the press conference, the light fittings in the recycling scheme will include fluorescent lamps, energy-saving lights (formally known as compact fluorescent lamps, CFLs), LED lamps, incandescent light bulbs, and spotlights. Collection boxes will be installed at various venues across the city when the scheme is launched next month.

No details on the venues were provided during the press conference, according to which the details will be announced on the bureau’s website in due course.

According to the press conference, the bureau this month will take over the existing scheme for the recycling of glass bottles, which is currently handled by the Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM), after which the bureau will also expand the coverage of the scheme.

The bureau also announced that it will launch a scheme to refurbish furniture dumped at the construction waste landfill near the airport. In collaboration with the Social Welfare Bureau (IAS), the refurbished furniture will then be given to social service organisations, community organisations and needy individuals.

In addition, the bureau will also install a new kind of machine to collect plastic bottles for recycling at various venues across the city in phases. This kind of machine – different from the traditional plastic bottle recycling bins – can identify whether liquid has been removed from the bottle, said Chan Kwok Ho, who heads the bureau’s Environmental Infrastructures Management Centre. Chan said he expected the first 10 machines to come into use in the third quarter.

Chan also said he expected the scheme to refurbish furniture to be launched in the current quarter, adding that it is planned that 60 pieces of furniture will be refurbished every month.(Macaunews)

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