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  1. 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 ...

  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. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Government should scrap this pointless plastic bag levy

    Posted Nov 29th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... such bags are major contributors to our environmental problems? These bags are non-toxic, pose no health threat and do not significantly contribute to the volume of waste in landfills. But wasn't our landfills fast reaching capacity the original problem? Being the principal official responsible for the bag levy, Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau Tang-wah should respond ...

  6. Survey shows public backs levy on plastic shopping bags

    Posted Jan 14th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and landfills. Following well-established methodology adopted in the department's annual waste survey, waste samples from domestic, industrial and commercial sources were randomly selected, and plastic shopping bags were counted and sources tabulated. The survey indicates that more than eight billion plastic shopping bags are disposed of at landfills every year, hence the disposal figure ...

  7. Plastic bag levy can help get us thinking green

    Posted Jun 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... three a day, amounting to 8 billion a year. These add a veritable mountain to our three landfills. They are toxic to the environment and take many times longer than organic waste ... the number of plastic shopping bags used will have on landfills. They constitute only a small amount of the waste we produce. They often have a second life as refuse and storage bags, ...

  8. Please, no dithering on plastic bags problem

    Posted Apr 12th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to wave the pollution away. A public consultation on ways to improve the treatment of solid waste- and reduce the pressure on landfills- was to have been launched this month. But its launch has ... made much difference. A recent government survey suggested 33 million plastic bags are dumped in Hong Kong landfills every day. That is an astonishing- and alarming- figure. Bag manufacturers ...

  9. Plastic bags are necessary and pose no environmental risk

    Posted Mar 18th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I wish to address the three points raised by letter writer Wolfgang Ehmann ('Ignoring reality of plastic bags', February 26). First, as plastic bags are non-toxic and do not give out greenhouse gases when buried, whether these bags can or cannot 'disintegrate' quickly in our landfills is of no material consequence. Therefore, plastic bags pose no health ...

  10. Officials have not made the case for levy on plastic bags

    Posted Feb 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Your editorial ('Reducing plastic bag use is just the first step', February 19) is misguided. It says a levy on plastic shopping bags is not a panacea for our environmental woes but a significant step in the right direction. Frankly, how have these non-toxic and biodegradable carrier bags, contributing so insignificantly to the waste volume in our landfills, become our ...




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