Food Waste Facts

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  • 3,382 tons of food waste are disposed of in landfills each day in Hong Kong. This is equivalent to the weight of 7.3 fully-loaded Boeing 747s.
  • The remaining capacities of Hong Kong's 3 landfills will be exhausted by 2019.
  • Food waste accounts for 36% of all municipal solid waste in Hong Kong.
  • The volume of food waste has doubled in the past 5 years.
  • 1/5 of the food waste generated daily is from commercial and industrial sources such as hotels, restaurants, wet markets, food production and processing industries.
  • The amount of food waste arising from the commercial and industrial sectors has increased steadily in the recent years - from less than 400 tons per day in 2002 to over 800 tons per day in 2012.
  • 920,000 tons of domestic food waste is produced per year.

Source: Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department, Government Statistical Office