Friday, November 19, 2010
Hong Kong exports a lot of paper. Unfortunately, these are not elegant, sophisticated products made of paper. Not even mass market paper products. Or no-name low grade paper products. But simply bales and bales of used paper - presumably to be re-cycled, most likely on the mainland.
Re-cycling them is marginally better than throwing them away as garbage. But why can’t we do the re-cycling in Hong Kong? Products made of re-cycled paper are more valuable than waste paper. Even re-cycled paper as raw material is more valuable than just waste paper. We certainly have the technology to re-cycle paper, and to turn them into sophisticated products. Space may be an issue, but it is not such a big issue any more. Since all the factories have already moved to the mainland, we have no shortage of industrial buildings and space.
We keep saying we have to transform our industries into high technology, high valued-added industries. Certainly turning recycled paper into high grade products is more high technology, higher value-adding than packing bales and bales of waste paper to be shipped away?
Perhaps we have simply turned lazy? Both in body and mind?