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Coronavirus: How Hong Kong’s dramatic drop in recycling sets a dangerous new norm

In 2013, the Hong Kong government set a target that, by 2022, each person would throw away no more than 0.8 kg of waste per day. But this plan hasn’t quite worked out.

The situation is worse now than it’s ever been – in 2018, Hong Kong sent an average of 1.53kg per person to landfill each day, representing a 20 per cent increase in 2013.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s three remaining landfills are closer to reaching capacity every day, with many projections indicating they will be full by the end of the year.

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