What’s the first place in Hong Kong that comes across your mind when you encounter the terms “the profusion of retail stores”, “convenient access” and “tranquil environment”? Drum roll please… Kowloon Tong! Kowloon Tong, once a small village in the past, is now an affluent and quiet neighbourhood located in Kowloon West between Sham Shui Po and Kowloon City District.
Not many Hongkongers realize that Kowloon Tong is one of the territory’s oldest housing estates, where constructions of some buildings commenced in as early as 1922! Not to mention, this place was inhabited by the greatest icon of martial arts cinema, Bruce Lee too.
One may wonder: how is it possible to live zero waste in such a lush district? Well, the proof is in the pudding. Here we present you the spots where you can “live zero”!
1. Waste Recycling Point and Salvation Army Family Store (Kowloon Tong)
Don’t know how to handle your unwanted clothing or goods? The Salvation Army is the right place for you! The Salvation Army Recycling Programme welcomes both organisation and personal donations of clothing and good. The donated goods are categorized, distributed and sold all across Hong Kong and Macau.
The Family Store is merely few minute walk away from City University. You can buy all sort of second hand goods such as clothing, accessories toys, or even appliances for a price as low as $10! You may wonder where the net proceeds would go – The Salvation Army will deplete the proceeds on its invaluable community programmes. Some of the donated goods will be utilised to directly help those people in need, such as home-alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners, etc. By donating your good here, you’re not only living a life with less waste, but you’re indirectly helping with the local community too!
2. Wet Market (Shek Kip Mei)
Wet markets are hands down the best place to pick up your freshly produced products. You can get food that ranges from vegetables, fruits, poultry products or even seafood! To our dismay, a ton of wet markets in Hong Kong relocated from their traditional locations such as below cooked food centres, to places that look more like untouched car parks. But hey, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get your food here right? The nearest wet market to Yau Yat Tsuen is located in Nam Shan Estate, which could be reached within 5 minutes from exit B2 of Shek Kip Mei Station.
Now you may ponder, how is it zero waste purchasing from wet markets? All you have to do is bring your environmentally-friendly bag and reusable containers to store these all kind of nosh! Less plastic consumption means we’re doing less damage to our Mother Earth 🙂
3. St. James Settlement Kindness Centre (Shek Kip Mei)
Perched next to Nam Shan Estate, St. James Settlement Kindness Centre is situated on the estate next door. The Kindness Centre provides one-stop for people in need. It is also a food bank, where they distribute food to eligible people (usually deprived families) on a regular basis. How is it zero waste? You can simply donate food that is unwanted by filling up a form online and bring it there! Make sure your food satisfies the conditions as stated on the website though.
4. Recycling (Basically anywhere!)
In addition to the abovementioned locations, there are also quite a number of recycling points/bins around the area, where residents can bring their recyclable items such as plastic, paper and aluminium or even glass. There are also a few Used Clothes Collection Bins around the area too!
Finally but importantly, here are some shops and spots that provide bulk purchases, donation and recycling spots:
Feel free to add more in the comment section below if you feel like anything’s missing!