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Sep 9, 2013 06:29 PM

Garbage Gift: Hong Kong Threw Away 2 Million Mooncakes

"It’s mooncake season again in China—that time of year that leaves stomachs, landfills and environmentalists groaning.

Last year, in Hong Kong alone, residents threw out nearly two million moon cakes, according to a survey conducted by local environmental group Green Power, and similar figures are likely this year."

So it begins anew for another year.

Read the rest of the WSJ blog post here:

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  1. Why are people throwing out mookcakes? I love mooncakes. Have them sent to my house!

    1. Can't they be recycled into mooncake bread pudding or something??

      Or saved for next year, like fruitcake?

      1. The Chinese equivalent to fruit cakes. I don't know why they don't just regift it each year, like fruit cake. Save a lot of money and waste.

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        1. re: chowser

          They do. At least some do; otherwise it would be 3 million and not 2 million.

          1. re: chowser

            SO, so so true-- the great ones are few and far between but truly excellent.

            All the rest taste like unleavened cardboard with terra cotta spackle filling.

          2. I guess regifting can only go so far with the one-ups manship going on and saving face. You can't look like a poor schlock by giving the same quantity.

            Too bad they just can't throw the extra tonnage into a powerplant and convert the mooncakes into 5 seconds worth of energy.