Efforts being made by the Government to promote green burial as a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable means of handling human ashes, including enhancements to green burial facilities and services.
To meet the long term demand for facilities and services related to the disposal of cremated ashes, the Government has adopted the following three-pronged strategy –
Under current practice, niches are seldom recycled. The cumulative effects over time would be a severe drain on our scarce land resources, to an extent even worse than residential units for the living which are recycled through generations of inhabitants.
Therefore, in the long run, reliance on the provision of new niches for disposal of cremated ashes is not sustainable. It is imperative to promote green burial – scattering ashes at Gardens of Remembrance (GoRs) or at sea.
We are conscious that it will take time for green burial to gain public acceptance as the preferred way to dispose of cremated ashes. With persistent efforts, we are optimistic that we should be able to progressively secure a paradigm shift.
To encourage environmentally-friendly interment, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) runs 12 Gardens of Remembrance and provides free services to designated Hong Kong waters for the public to scatter cremated ashes of the deceased. These means of burial are conducive to the promotion of sustainable development and are also in line with the beliefs of beautiful life returning to nature.
FEHD also provides free internet memorial service (memorial.gov.hk) for the public to pay tribute and express condolence to their lost loved ones any time, anywhere.
FEHD arranges green burial talks and visits to GoRs or attendance of sea scattering service for relevant Non-Government Organisations and other institutions as appropriate. For detailed arrangement, please call 2174 7697 (Monday to Friday (except public holidays), 9am to 5pm).
To raise public awareness of the ferry service for scattering ashes at sea, as a trial scheme, FEHD will invite members of the public to attend such service on the last Saturday of each month commencing April to June 2019, and it is free of charge.
During the visit, FEHD will provide dedicated staff to introduce the service and visitors are required to keep quiet and refrain from causing any disturbance to service users on board. No photo taking / film shooting is allowed.
Details of the trial scheme are as follows:
|Date of Visit (Saturday)||Quota (persons)||Deadline of Registration|
|27 April||20||18 April|
|25 May||20||17 May|
|29 June||20||21 June|
Every applicant may bring along a friend/family member on board. For registration, please call 2174 7697 or 2556 1742 (Monday to Friday (except public holidays), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Quota is limited. First come, first served.
(1) If the quota is full before the deadline of registration, FEHD will make a remark at the Green Burial Website.
(2) Visitors must be punctual and register for boarding on the date of visit before 8:45 a.m. at North Point (East) Passenger Ferry Pier. If visitor is unable to attend the visit as scheduled, please notify us in advance.
(3) If the Hong Kong Observatory issues any Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal or the Red/Black Rainstorm Warning Signal at or after 7:00 a.m. on the date of visit, the visit will be cancelled.
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) has commissioned Consumer Search Hong Kong Limited (CSG) to conduct the captioned survey between November 2018 and July 2019 to understand the ways in handling cremated ashes by users of Government cremation service and the public views on green burial.
The captioned survey would be conducted in 2 parts: (i) Telephone survey to previous users of Government cremation service; and (ii) Household survey to occupiers of household units. During the above mentioned period, FEHD will issue letters to selected citizens and households, inviting them to participate in the survey and to offer invaluable opinion.