Petition on Hong Kong Landfill Reaches 1 Million Signatures
Around a million Shenzhen residents signed a petition document in protest of Hong Kong’s Plan to expand their landfill at Tuen Mun and in the new territories that lie across the waters from Nanshan district. The document came after a signature drive that was organized by social activist and local lawmakers. These lawmakers started to collect signatures from residents at public places which include several places in Futian. Some signatures were also collected using social organizations and associations.
According to local lawmakers the amount of signatures is still growing as more residents are signing the petition. Legco the financial committee if the Hong Kong council will be examining the funding that will be used in the expansion of the three landfills, one in Tuen Mun and the two other landfill at the northeast and southeast of the new territories. The document has also more than 400 lawmakers and political advisers signatures. Administrators are hoping that the petition will be heard by the Hong Kong government and forces them to look into the issue seriously.
Local lawmakers will be inviting Hong Kong authorities who are involved on the issue to come to Shenzhen to discuss the expansion plan. The potential impact of the landfill expansion on the environment of Shenzhen and the lives of its residents must be evaluated properly.
Last November around 100 lawmakers have signed a document that called for the Hong Kong and Shenzhen governments to implement proper measures in controlling the spread and impact of the trash related pollution coming from Hong Kong.