HongKong

6 men charged in connection with HK$830,000 waste-dumping fraud at Hong Kong landfill site


The two others charged were truck driver Mak Kim-kwan and Lin Wenjian, employees of TS Industrial Materials Recycle.

The ICAC alleges the six conspired to defraud the Environmental Protection Department between January 2021 and June 2022 by disguising construction waste as normal trash for disposal at the Fanling landfill site.

The body also alleges the truck driver was warned in advance when the department was scheduled to carry out inspections, which allowed TS Industrial Materials Recycle avoid construction debris disposal charges at the site, which handles a variety of waste types.

Trucks loaded with construction waste are required to use a special entrance, show department-issued documents to weighbridge operators and disposal charges, which was HK$200 (US$25.60) a tonne (1.1 tons).

Disposal of non-construction waste was free of charge.

The ICAC has charged six men in connection with the alleged dumping of construction waste and dodging HK$830,000 in landfill site fees. Photo: Jelly Tse

The ICAC said the truck driver allegedly offered laisees – envelopes with cash inside – coupons and bottled drinks to four employees of Far East, so they would alert him when there were inspections.

The dodge allowed the company to dump construction waste at the landfill without payment for about a year-and-a-half.

The bribes were worth a total of about HK$50,000, as well as the supply of bottled soft drinks on a daily basis.

The disposal company declared it had carried non-construction waste on about 760 occasions between May and mid-June 2022.

But the ICAC investigation was said to have revealed that about 90 per cent of the truckloads were said at the site to be other types of waste.

The watchdog said more than 4,100 tonnes of construction waste, which would have generated fee income of more than HK$830,000, was dumped free of charge.

The six face a joint charge of conspiracy to defraud and were released on bail.

They are expected to appear at Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Truck driver Mak Kim-kwan also faces four counts of bribery and Mak-Wah-sing along with Chung Pui-chun and Cheung, also face charges of accepting bribes.



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