Christmas displays show crafty thinking can turn waste into treasure



Christmas displays show crafty thinking can turn waste into treasure

Seven estates turn thousands of their recyclables into works of art


Just one of the impressive Christmas displays at Hong Kong’s housing estates. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Housing estates around Hong Kong have found something festive to do with their recyclables by erecting Christmas trees out of old containers.


The humble water bottle has joined the old newspaper and a couple of dining chairs to form far more than the sum of their parts, whether it be Rudolph or Donner or Prancer, they’re reindeer all the same.

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Thousands of bottles went into the grand creations, even CDs and bike wheels.

The housing department has pulled together photos of the yuletide scenes and released them publicly.

If you have seen beautiful community-led Christmas displays send us a picture at onlinephotos@scmp.com. Merry Christmas.

1. ON TIN ESTATE


The 2.4-metre Christmas tree at On Tin Estate uses 350 plastic bottles to form the trunk. Nearby is a sleigh made of used newspapers, wooden chairs, plastic bottles and egg cartons. Photo: Housing Department

2. TIN YIU ESTATE

The 4m Christmas tree at Tin Yiu Estate comprises 19 layers of plastic bottles. Each layer is composed of plastic bottles of the same type and size. A total of 1,250 plastic bottles were used. Photo: Housing Department

3. KWAI FONG ESTATE

Kwai Fong Estate used 3,000 plastic bottles to make its 4m Christmas tree, which is eye-catching at night due to its lighting. Photo: Housing Department

4. SHUI PIN WAI ESTATE

The 7m Christmas tree at Shui Pin Wai Estate comprises recycled materials including 700 plastic bottles of different sizes, recycled paper, compact discs and bicycle wheels.

5. LAI KOK ESTATE

At 5.5m, the Christmas tree at Lai Kok Estate is unique in that it includes 1,000 mixed aluminium cans, including beer cans. Photo: Housing Department
At 5.5m, the Christmas tree at Lai Kok Estate is unique in that it includes 1,000 mixed aluminium cans, including beer cans. Photo: Housing Department

6. SHEK YAM ESTATE

The 7m Christmas tree at Shui Pin Wai Estate comprises recycled materials including 700 plastic bottles of different sizes, recycled paper, compact discs and bicycle wheels.

7. TSUI PING (SOUTH)


The colourful Christmas tree at Tsui Ping (South) Estate, about 3m tall, consists of 1,500 blue, red and green wrapped plastic bottles. Photo: Housing Department

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