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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. 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 ...

  3. Government's plastic bag levy is a regressive tax in disguise

    Posted Jul 15th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Department's plastic bag tax were: the problem of landfills rapidly filling up, an astonishingly high disposal rate on plastic shopping bags and its objective to reduce their indiscriminate use. ... disposal rate nor to clarify what was indiscriminate use. The basis of the problem of our landfills rapidly filling up, as allegedly caused by the use of plastic shopping bags, is unsound. ...

  4. Voluntary system is best way to reduce use of plastic bags

    Posted Aug 17th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... feared that, by the time the administration gets round to banning the newspaper bags, it will be too late and the landfills will be stuffed to capacity. She said that, according to an Environmental Protection Department survey in 2005, 298 million newspaper and magazine plastic bags are dumped in landfills every year. That works out to be only one in eight of the population throwing ...

  5. Plastic bag levy and waste incinerator are separate issues

    Posted Apr 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the purpose-made plastic bin-liners. This helps keep the environment clean during transit. These bags do not contribute to the volume of waste in our landfills by any significant amount, and therefore, are not a major contributor to the problem in our landfills. Among all types of plastic bags disposed of in our landfills, plastic shopping bags from supermarkets and retail chains take up only about 20 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Store giants to look again at bags rebate

    Posted Dec 23rd 2003, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... 2 to 3 per cent of the plastic bags found in landfills. 'It means the majority of plastic bags that end up in the landfill are from elsewhere,' Wellcome marketing development manager Diane ... in landfills each day. If 2 per cent come from supermarkets, that is about 12 tonnes, or more than 416,000 bags a day. Ms Chiu also said that Wellcome would consider charging customers for plastic bags ...

  8. Surveys do not make convincing case for the new plastic bag levy

    Posted Jul 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I refer to Wouter van Marle's letter ('Stemming flow of plastic bags', July 23). He seems to believe we all consign three plastic bags each to the landfills, as 23 million ... the bags disposed of in our landfills. It would have been more sensible and effective to impose a levy on the other 80 per cent rather than to target the supermarket bags that were used ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...




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