dump tyres illegally, being unaware of how severe the fines are if they are caught.
One garage we interviewed stated they did not realize how severe the fines were until
they read in the papers how one company caught dumping two tyres was fined several
thousand Hong Kong dollars. It is apparent that illegally dumped tyres are a
significant percentage of the waste tyres produced, and create further problems since
municipal workers have to locate and dispose of these tyres. Illegal waste dumps can
often be seen in remote areas of Hong Kong, such as by ports or under bridges away
from residential areas (See Figure 7).
Figure 7 - Waste tyres and other trash seen under a bridge in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong.
4.2 Recycling Techniques
We have identified numerous techniques for tyre recycling, however not all
are feasible in Hong Kong. Recycled rubber mats and stamped rubber products are the
only tyre products currently being used commercially in Hong Kong, although Mr.
Lee informed us of pilot projects in Hong Kong dealing with artificial reefs and