Typhoon Manghut struke HK on Sep 16 2018, leaving 46,000 fallen trees and wood waste occuupying more than 10 hect- ares of space in Hong Kong. The Environmental Protection Department decided to use the Kai Tak Runway construction areas for temporary wood storage after a public outcry against the tremendous amount of wood materials being sent to landfills as waste. No specific measure was in place to deal with any of the wood apart from piling them up at the Temporary Storage Area. Eventually, about 2 weeks later, 7,000+ tonnes of the wood waste was sent to the West New Territories Landfill.
As we can foresee the increase of extreme weather events under global climate change, is there a better system we could put in place to treat the wood waste it produces?