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Public housing organisation’s construction waste sent to notorious illegal dump, activist claims

Construction waste from a Hong Kong Housing Society project was allegedly dumped at a notorious illegal dump site in Tin Shui Wai, according to local activists. Land Justice League activist Chu Hoi-dick provided a video Thursday that reportedly traced the waste from the illegal site to Sham Shui Po. The Housing Society is an NGO in charge of developing public housing projects for the government.

In the video, he stands in front of the Tin Shui Wai dump, claiming that “there are around a dozen concrete boards here, and some are inside the dump.”

“We can clearly see written [on a notice] on the board that it belongs to Sham Shui Po Fuk Wing Street reconstruction project K22,” he said. The notice said that the construction waste belonged to Hip Hing Engineering Co, Ltd. Chu said the boards have been at the dump for at least a month, as photos of the construction waste was taken by activists on May 11.

Chu also visited Sham Shui Po construction site, where the boards have been removed. He claimed that they have been moved to the dump site.

Chu Hoi Dick dump site

Photo: Facebook screencap.

A worker at the construction site later told Chu “I have asked people to clear away the stuff… I told them to clear away everything, they cannot do this, and go to the landfill.”

“If it has not been cleared next week, then you can come to the site to find us. Because you have found us, there is no need to find the Housing Society… ” the staff added.

Chu Hoi Dick dump site

Chu showing a similar notice at the construction site. Photo: Facebook screencap.

Chu said that it was the first time a contractor promised to clear away the waste. A spokesperson for the Housing Society told HKFP that they did not know that construction waste was being dumped at the illegal dump site.

“We have written down on contracts very clearly that construction contractors need to follow specified requirements to legally dispose of construction waste,” she said, “we have asked the contractor to remove the waste immediately and dispose of the waste legally and we expect them to be able to complete this in one or two days. We will follow up on the matter, how it started and why it happened.

Public housing organisation's construction waste sent to notorious illegal dump, activist claims