Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene,
Greeners Action did an assessment on leftovers at public markets. Shatin Market is found to dispose 181 kg edible raw ingredients daily, mainly vegetable and fruits. Thus, it is estimated that all the 75 public markets under the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department can produce up to 14.3 tonnes edible leftover daily, which is enough to sustain an adult for 34 years.
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, as a government sector, carries great responsibility in assisting and promoting waste reduction practices in public markets. However, it has always been working passively and lacks the determination to carry out waste reduction. All food recycling activities in Hong Kong nowadays are initiated by non-government organizations (NGOs). With funds relying on short-term project subsidies, lacking a long-term support from the government. There have been more and more NGOs promoting food-sharing schemes, with a mature community network and system. Therefore, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department should take action and set a long-term food recycling and management mechanism, to have a proper guide for processing leftover in public markets. Taking the lead and spread the food-recycling practice to all markets in Hong Kong.