Green Delight in Estates
Carnivals and Exhibitions
To promote green living in estates and educate the residents on a wide range of environmental issues, we have held a series of carnivals and exhibitions within our PRH estates. These activities enable residents to learn and receive environmental information conveniently.
Since 2006 to promote and encourage the residents using the new recycling system provided in selected estates, we have held kick-off ceremonies after the recycling system was installed. We invited the District Councilors, members of EMACs, estate managers and community group representatives to officiate at the ceremonies. Carnivals with environmental game booths were organised in these estates to educate residents on a wide range of environmental topics including waste separation, low carbon living, energy conservation and air pollution, etc. Promotion counters were further set up at the ground floor lobby of each building block to let residents know the proper way of using the newly installed recycling facilities. It is estimated that these events reached about 37,900 residents in some 40 estates in the past few years.
Starting from 2008, we have organised Green Living Carnivals in 32 estates. Each year, the carnival was launched in selected estates with a specific theme such as carbon reduction and plastic bags reduction. Volunteers from estates, Estate Management Advisory Committees (EMACs) and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were invited to involve in the operation of the Green Living Carnival. Exhibition panels were set up to provide the residents with green living tips and to depict environmental problems. Game booths in the carnivals enabled the residents to learn environmental protection measures in an interactive and joyful way. In addition, recycling counters were established to encourage residents to practice waste separation and recycling. There were around 8,700 and 15,500 persons participated in the Green Living Carnival during phase IV and V of the first cycle of the GDE respectively.
In addition, we organised thematic games such as BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) Game Booth and Anti-global Warming Game Booth in public housing estates that attracted about 800 and 1,000 residents respectively. To encourage active participation of residents, different eco-friendly products such as eco-chopsticks, home-made soaps, stationeries and tote bags were given to those who successfully completed the games.
Large-scale exhibitions were staged in area of high traffic flow in the estates to convey thematic environmental messages to the residents, such as exhibition on waste reduction. Information boards were set up at Green Corner at the ground floor lift lobbies of the domestic blocks to provide residents with the latest information regarding environmental protection and environmental activities organised by the green groups.