Bag for Life

Flaw opens hole in bag scheme, green group warns

Exemption rules for the extended plastic bag levy scheme contain a flaw that could allow abuse, green critics said.

Wednesday, 23 November, 2011, 12:00am

Subsidies, education the key

In 'Bags pile up despite fee' (Young Post, May 16), Cheung Chi-fai reported that after the levy on plastic bags was introduced, the number of reusable bags being dumped rose sharply.

8 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bags pile up despite fee

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.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

Greens lament rise in use of plastic bags

The number of plastic bags used by shoppers is going up, despite two years of a campaign to encourage people to shun them, a survey has found.

The results led green activists to accuse consumers of 'more talk than action' in the drive to reduce the number of bags.

14 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

ParknShop makes U-turn on plastic bags

Supermarket chain has reversed its green plastic bag policy after just a few days because of complaints

Environment chief, Edward Yau Tang-wah has expressed his regret at the scrapping of ParknShop's 'no plastic bag' policy, saying it was a pity the well-intentioned campaign had crumbled.

28 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

First Person

Last week in this column, the Plastic Bag Manufacturers Association argued against the proposed 50 cents levy on plastic bags given out by supermarkets. Today, Michelle Au Wing-tsz of the Friends of the Earth says the levy isn't perfect but is an important step forward.

13 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

News vendors display bags of enthusiasm

BEGINNING this Sunday, more than 100 newspaper stalls will help reduce the over-use of plastic bags in Hong Kong by joining a campaign launched by Green Sense.

Hong Kong people are notorious for overusing plastic bags. According to a government estimate, the city uses and throws away at least 33 million plastic bags a day.

26 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Success in bags war

A campaign to encourage food market shoppers to use fewer plastic bags has reduced their use by 9.3 per cent in 28 food markets since mid-1996, the Consumer Council said.

14 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

USe cloth bag for shopping

I REFER to the letter headlined, 'Bags of room', from Martha Day Boesel (South China Morning Post, September 6).

I agree with her that for environmental reasons, we should bring our own bags to a supermarket when we go shopping.

On television, government-sponsored adverts tell us that in less than one hour in a supermarket, 700 bags are given away.

18 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Bag habits die hard

WELLCOME may start paying customers for not using plastic bags. If plans being considered go ahead, the store would 'pay' customers with coupons, stamps, or through a nominal refund.

The move is one of several the company is considering that might improve its 'greenness' rating.

While the chain mulls its options, we asked Hong Kong shoppers for their opinions.

12 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Stores should take back bags

I WOULD like to give credit to the people behind the 'Bring Your Own Bag' campaign for their efforts in educating Hong Kong to become more environmentally friendly. However casual observation suggests they are not being very successful.

17 Mar 1995 - 12:00am