Today, 5A and 5B went to the S.E.N.T. (South East New Territories) Landfill which is in Tseung Kwan O. There are 3 existing landfills in Hong Kong: the N.E.N.T. landfill, the W.E.N.T. landfill and the S.E.N.T. landfill. There are actually 16 landfills in Hong Kong, but 13 of them are filled up and was used to make Soccer fields, Golf training fields, Baseball fields and others, this is called restoration. Here is a picture of a landfill that was restored to make a park in Jordan:
We saw a PowerPoint about Waste Management in Hong Kong, and we also went into part of the landfill! The PowerPoint taught us a lot of new things, here are some of the things I learned: that landfills can be restored to make parks and other things, there is actually 16 landfills in HK but 13 of them are full and have been restored, how the landfill treats their gas, that the 3 landfills will be filled up in 2015-2020, that there is a layer of liner protecting the waste like a big rubbish bag so they won’t spill out, and that we produce 5,000 tonnes of waste everyday. We also learned a bit about how we deal with our rubbish, and here is a link to waste management graphs.
In the landfill, we saw a truck dumping rubbish out, the liner on top of the waste, a lot of birds flying around (I don’t know why), a gas flare(which is a column that burns gas), which was really cool to see and a water treatment plant which treats the leachate, it puts bacteria in with the leachate.
I think that we should reduce our waste and instead of putting it in the landfill, we should recycle it, reuse it or compost it. That way, we can protect the earth and let our next generations live well!
Our trip to the S.E.N.T. landfill was educational and fun, because I learned a lot of new things and it was interesting to see the landfill and to see the tipping phase, even though we didn’t actually go in the landfill(we stayed on the bus the whole time). It is very rare for a normal person like me to go in to see the landfill and I hope we can go to another landfill again!