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  1. 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 ...

  2. Schools' faith in meal boxes misplaced

    Posted May 17th 2007, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong 90pc of new containers dumped at landfills Primary schools have mistaken the recently introduced transparent meal boxes as environmentally friendly food containers, the environment chief said yesterday, adding that over 90 per cent of the plastic containers were dumped at landfills every day. Speaking at a Legislative Council meeting yesterday, Secretary ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Bag levy won't go into green fund

    Posted May 10th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... such as landfills, out of the general account. Angus Ho Hon-wai, head of the Green Student Council, which has been organising No Plastic Bag Day, said the arrangement for using the bag levy was unacceptable. ... said. Environmental Protection Department figures show the city dumped an estimated 89.2 tonnes of plastic bags a day in landfills last year, down by 100 tonnes from 2005. Plastic pile ...

  5. Environment chief must say when he will extend bag levy

    Posted Jul 14th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... reveal that voluntary efforts and education resulted in a reduction of 54 per cent of total plastic bags dumped into landfills during that period. The total estimated usage of plastic bags has been reduced by only a further, modest 13 per cent since the levy scheme was implemented. The EPD must release the latest landfill survey findings when completed at the end of July. It should ...

  6. Students urged to bring own utensils to school

    Posted May 08th 2006, 12:00am by Lilian Goh

    ... waste- including 94 tonnes of dining utensils- were dumped in landfills every day last year. The Green Student Council estimated that primary schools discarded 50 million lunch boxes last year, ... tremendous pressure on the city's limited landfills. Apart from organising activities to raise awareness of environmental problems among students and parents, the Green Student Council has urged ...

  7. 'Green' bags should not be taxed, producers say

    Posted May 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and their reduced impact on landfills. More than 8 billion bags a year are dumped in landfills- about three bags per person per day. Otis Hui Sai-yim, chief executive officer of Green Good Ecotech, said ... on landfills because they decomposed quickly, unlike conventional plastic bags that take decades or even centuries to degrade. 'Isn't it strange that we will continue to pollute ...

  8. Letters

    Posted Sep 18th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'Plastic bag levy will do nothing to ease pressure on our landfills' (September 8). What Mr Tam has pointed out are that selective and punitive action on supermarket carrier bags ... but not on the insignificant volume of plastic bags that were already doubled-up as bin-liners (already contributing to hygiene control between bins and landfills). Mr Tam was also saying that unless a more ...

  9. Plastic-bag law isn't rocket science

    Posted May 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... There should be nothing complicated about further weaning us off plastic bags. A good start has been made with the imposition of a 50 HK cent levy at 3,000 shops. Almost two years after its implementation, the scheme has been widely accepted and has reduced the number of bags littering our streets and waterways and being put into landfills. There is no need for more public ...

  10. Bring your own dining utensils to school

    Posted May 18th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Wooden chopsticks, or disposable chopsticks, are the most convenient tableware- cheap, easy to use and to throw away. But do customers who buy takeaways really need disposable chopsticks? After reading some news articles, I became aware of the environmental damage such things cause. Trees are cut down, pollution-related illness spreads and landfill sites may be saturated if we ...




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