In the past three years, the Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA) recycled a total of 6.37 million lai see (red packets), used to hold small amounts of money given as gifts during the Chinese Lunar New Year.
Starting from 2017, the DSPA has been implementing the “Recycling the Red Packet is Very Easy” program. According to the environmental authority, about 2.19 million recycled red packets can be reused this year or in future.
Starting from January 2, the DSPA has been handling out the recycled lai see free of charge to Macau residents for the upcoming Lunar New Year this month.
Between January 30 and February 15, the DSPA will set up recycling spots across town.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, DSPA Director Tam Wai Man said that the recovery rate of the computer and telecommunication devices’ recycling program was 95%.
Currently, the DSPA is implementing recycling programs specifically for batteries, large-size electronics, home appliances, among others. In total, the DSPA has already recycled 76,000 computers and 39,000 kilograms of batteries.
Last week, chairman of Macau Ecological Society Ho Wai Tim voiced that the local government must be concerned about the impact to small businesses posed by the DSPA’s home appliance recycling program.
Tam explained that companies do not need a license to recycle home appliances. All members of the recycling sector can recycle home appliances and also work with other groups.
As of today, the DSPA has already recycled 800 home appliances. Over 200 pieces were obtained from the bureau’s door-to-door service. JZ