2019 was the second warmest year on record. It is no doubt that our earth is dangerously too hot now. Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment, it continues to exacerbate the frequency and severity of natural disasters, including massive wildfires, droughts, hurricanes and floods. It is a vital sign showing that  the earth is in an unhealthy state, exposing future generations to life-long health harm.

What will you do to save the planet?

Waste in Hong Kong

With over 7.5 million population, Hong Kong generates several types of waste, including Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), Food Waste, Construction Waste, Chemical Waste, Clinical Waste, Waste Cooking Oils (WCO) and other special wastes. 

According to the data collected by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD),  the level of wasteload has been increasing and it gives tremendous pressure to the landfills. 

There are quite a lot of statics showing that if we don’t change our consumer habit, our landfills will be full in a very near future. 


Landfills Capacity
Main Waste Category Tonnes Per Day
Domestic Waste
Commercial & Industrial Waste
Overall Construction Waste
Special Waste

Interested to know more about the situation in HK?

What can we do?

Change Our Habit

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Hong Kong has for years battled a huge waste problem. When people can afford greater convenience and more purchases, they tend to throw away more rubbish. However, this is not the only way we could deal with waste. The land resources in Hong Kong are extremely limited and it’s a must for all of us to change our consumer culture. 

What can we do? 

  • Think twice before purchase
  • Buy items with less packaging
  • Bring your own bag
  • Bring your own cup
  • Reduce and recycle our daily waste
  • Buy items with sustainable production
  • and more…

ESG Matters x MilMill

To support the recycling ecosystem, we are very happy to announce that ESG Matters is now the partner of MilMill, the first pulp mill and education center that recycle beverage cartons in Hong Kong. 

Milmill is able to process 10 tonnes of beverage cartons daily, and convert them into paper pulp. They will also recycle different kinds of paper, including:

  • Tissue Rolls
  • M-fold Hand Towels
  • Napkins

100% Recycled Paper

FSC Recycled Certificated

No Optical Brightener

No OBA added during manufacture

Kill Germs

Kill germs by high temperature

Highly Water-Soluble

Won't block your drain easily

Recycled tissue is an example of circular economy: turning waste paper into recycled products. MilMill also makes use of existing materials to supply daily necessities to ourselves, which also conduct to sustainable living.

How can I dispose the beverage cartons?

Three-colour waste separation bins (3-colour bins) including Paper, Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles are very often to be found in Hong Kong, we could disposed the cleaned plastic bottles and cans into these bins for recycling. What about beverage cartons? 

Beverage cartons are usually made of compound materials, such as paper, aluminum and polyethylene. We could not simply dispose them into the paper recycling bin.  MilMill has set up over 300 collection points in Hong Kong right now to recycle all the beverage cartons.

1. Remove the plastic bags, straws, or caps
2. Cut and flatten the boxes
3. Rinse and dry
4. Put in the designated recycling bin

Interested to know more about beverage carton recycling?

You can now visit MilMill's plant and education center with workshop in Yuen Long. 

*Due to COVID-19, Mil Mill is temporary closed until further notice .

Recycling in Hong Kong

However, the recycling rate in Hong Kong is relatively low comparing to other Asian cities. 

Type of Recyclable Recycled Locally (b)
0.1 (0.0%)
74.4 (36.6%)
Ferrous Metals
0.3 (0.2%)
Non-Ferrous Metals
1.5 (0.7%)
Food Waste
46.0 (22.6%)
16.9 (8.3%)
Rubber Tyres
6.5 (3.2%)
5.7 (2.8%)
7.1 (3.5%)
Electrical and Electronic Equipment
42.5 (20.9%)
Yard Waste
2.2 (1.1%)
203.1 (100%)