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  1. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, May 30, 2013

    Posted May 30th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... extending tax The levy on plastic bags in retail stores in Hong Kong has been in force since July 2009, yet some people are still sceptical about its effectiveness and whether it should be extended. ... by the government. It must ensure that the extended scheme is well planned. There are examples of levy schemes working. In Ireland, consumption of plastic bags was cut by 90 per cent and the tax resulted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1249268/letters-editor-may-30-2013
  2. Plastic bag levy can help get us thinking green

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

    ... the mainland. A poignant example of that is the entry into force this week, north of the border, of a law banning ultra-thin plastic shopping bags and requiring shoppers to pay for all others. Plastic ... Sau-tung, raised the idea, just 18 per cent of shoppers surveyed used their own bags. Lawmakers continue to fight over the proposal to levy 50 Hong Kong cents on each bag used- part of the Product ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/640087/plastic-bag-levy-can-help-get-us-thinking-green
  3. Lawmakers who voted for bag levy in dire need of reality check

    Posted Jul 01st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I am writing to voice my complaint about the 50-cent plastic bag levy which will come into effect on July 7. I have written before in these columns, arguing that many people use ... of creating a plastic bag that cannot be used for multiple purposes? The levy supports an industry that exists around the continued manufacture of this obsolete and unwanted item, as it forces people ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/685448/lawmakers-who-voted-bag-levy-dire-need-reality-check
  4. Comment - Letters

    Genuinely 'green' bags are available

    Posted Jun 13th 2013, 12:00am

    ... quantities. In addition, I make sure not to take any plastic cutlery or wooden chopsticks when I get a takeout meal. I am all for a plastic bag levy, which has been in place in my home country Germany ... cent within 180 days, without releasing any chemicals into the ground. In line with raising a plastic bag levy for all businesses in Hong Kong, the government should make it compulsory to use ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1259462/genuinely-green-bags-are-available
  5. Plastic bag levy to be extended to all

    Posted May 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Phila Siu The plastic shopping bag levy will be expanded to all of the city's 60,000 shops, who will be allowed to keep the fee instead of giving it to the government. Under the new scheme announced on Monday, shops- regardless of their size and nature of business- will have to charge a 50-cent levy for each plastic bag unless the bags are provided for food safety ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/968136/plastic-bag-levy-be-extended-all
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Extension of plastic bag levy can educate people about cutting waste

    Posted Oct 21st 2013, 05:25pm by EDWIN LAU

    ... Edwin Lau Edwin Lau says extending the plastic bag levy to all retailers will go a long way towards nurturing Hong Kong people's habit to produce less waste Chain reaction ... together and develop eco-friendly business practices, given that legislation is not yet in place. But there is one area where individuals have been able to act- in the use of plastic shopping bags ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1336566/extension-plastic-bag-levy-can-educate-people-about-cutting
  7. Plastic bag levy to cut one billion bags a year

    Posted May 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Cheung Chi-fai and Olga Wong 50-cent environmental fee to raise HK$200m The government yesterday unveiled a narrowly defined 50-cent environmental levy on plastic bags that involves 2,000 ... products, to prevent abuse, reusable environmental bags made of plastic could not be sold for less than $5 or they would attract a tax. Officials said they did not know when the levy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/593772/plastic-bag-levy-cut-one-billion-bags-year
  8. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Government eyes extension of plastic bag levy

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Officials target widening the scheme by next year but exemptions to remain for some foods Plastic bag levy may be extended About 100,000 retail outlets will face fines if they fail to charge customers for plastic shopping bags under a proposed extension of the levy scheme that will cover all goods retailers and bags except those issued ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1227047/government-eyes-extension-plastic-bag-levy
  9. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, June 19, 2013

    Posted Jun 19th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... a welfare state. Tony Yuen, Mid-Levels   Extend levy scheme on plastic bags I think the plastic bag levy should be extended to cover all retailers, irrespective of size and type of business, and the shop owners should use the proceeds to set up a fund for environmental protection. Based on "the polluter pays" principle, everyone using plastic bags would be responsible ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1263913/letters-editor-june-19-2013
  10. Anti-plastic bag levy lobby must learn to live in the 21st century

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

    ... The anti-plastic-bag-levy gang is like a hollow drum: empty, but it assumes that, if it bangs on, it can rally support to its cause. Alex Tam ('Government's plastic bag levy is a regressive tax in disguise', July 15) and Alex Hung ('Environmentalists have forced through bill on plastic bags', July 25). Both writers imply that all plastic bags are reused ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/646993/anti-plastic-bag-levy-lobby-must-learn-live-21st-century

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