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  1. Plastic bag levy will do nothing to ease pressure on our landfills

    Posted Sep 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... shopping bags being disposed of in our rapidly filling landfills'. This shows how our officials have misjudged the situation with this unreasonable proposal. The government should want ... environmentally friendly bin-liner substitute can be found, it is foolhardy for the EPD to pretend it can cut the total volume of plastic bags in landfills by substituting supermarket bags with plastic ...

  2. Creating less waste is the only way to reduce bags in landfills

    Posted Mar 24th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the total volume of plastic bags in landfills by substituting supermarket bags with plastic bin-liners' ('Plastic bag levy will do nothing to ease pressure on our landfills ...

  3. 50 cent tax on plastic bags floated to stop them filling up landfills so fast

    Posted Jul 20th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... was introduced. The Environmental Protection Department has estimated Hong Kong uses 33 million plastic bags a day- most ending up in landfills. To combat the problem, the department is drafting ...

  4. Levy fails to halt shopping bags' disposal

    Posted May 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cheung Chi-fai The 50-cent levy imposed on plastic shopping bags in 2009 has cut the number of bags dumped in landfills only marginally, while increasing the disposal of reusable bags, ... billion plastic shopping bags thrown away in the city each year. However, figures released yesterday by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) tell a different story. Landfill surveys ...

  5. Wanted: the next step to cut reliance on plastic

    Posted May 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... problem, no matter how short a life it had after being dumped in the landfills. 'The biodegradable bags will not help Hong Kong's urgent waste problem,' she said. 'While food wastes are all degradable in the landfill, we still want to control their disposal because we are simply producing too much waste now, and we have nowhere to dump them.' Last year, Hong Kong ...

  6. Build on public's support for the plastic bag levy

    Posted May 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... being dumped in our landfills each year are toxic to our environment. Many supporters, including this newspaper, cited this early evidence to argue that the government should press ahead ... of disposable bags being dumped in landfills and is responsible for a sharp increase in the dumping of reusable bags that are even worse for the environment. The department says consumers threw away 4.4 ...

  7. Plastic bags survey should raise alarm over methodology

    Posted Jan 18th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by the Environmental Protection Department at refuse transfer stations and landfills'. It followed 'well-established methodology'. I, for one, cannot imagine how every one of us has managed ... the main problem is the looming danger of our landfills reaching their capacity, shouldn't the EPD look at the volume and contents of the waste disposed in order to find a solution to reduce ...

  8. Should supermarkets charge for plastic bags?

    Posted Jan 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Wu, Esther Pang

    ... for a plastic bag to decompose and what we could do to prevent our landfills from overflowing. For a city that's looking to achieve sustainable development, we lack adequate knowledge about ... That's a good thing, but the bags still end up in landfills. The city's landfills are being filled up by non-degradable garbage, including plastic bags. If supermarkets- where plastic bags ...

  9. Retailers back charges for non-woven bags

    Posted Jul 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... they are aware of the abuse of non-woven bags- so called because they resemble fabric, but are made of plastic- that are handed out at shops and are ending up in landfills along with the common plastic ... in a survey that only 0.4 per cent of bags disposed of in landfills were non-woven, but the Plastic Bags Manufacturers' Association found in its survey that overall plastic use had increased ...

  10. Bags pile up despite fee

    Posted May 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cheung Chi-fai The number of plastic bags in landfills is down only slightly since the 50-cent levy was introduced in 2009. But there has been a sharp rise in reusable bags being dumped. Hongkongers threw away 4.4 billion disposable plastic bags last year- just 5.7 per cent fewer than the year before the levy came in, the Environmental Protection Department said. Far more reusable ...




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