Pollution problems in Hong Kong are similar to those encountered in most comparable urban areas elsewhere in the world. However, a decade ago the Government embarked on a comprehensive plan to tackle the problems and the results of this on-going programe have seen considerable improvements in a number of areas, such as sewage and waste disposal, and a more enlightened society. A review of the state of the environment is published each year in Environment Hong Kong.
Pollution complaints are entered into a computer network for swift action
The Advisory Council on the Environment (ACE) advises the Government on measures for the prevention and abatement of pollution.
The Secretary for Environment and Food, who has overall responsibility for policy on environmental protection, receives assistance on the formulation of new policies as well as on specific environmental issues from the Director of the Environmental Protection Department (EPD).
Checking compliance with Construction Noise Permit conditions.
The Environmental Campaign Committee organizes events in Hong Kong to promote community environmental awareness and administers part of the Environment and Conservation Fund.
The Environmental Resource Centres (ERCs) in Wan Chai and Tsuen Wan provide public access to environmental information. A new mobile environmental resource centre will come into operation in late 1999.