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Would you pay to have your rubbish dumped?

Are Hongkongers willing to pay to have their rubbish dumped and what system of charging would be acceptable?

These are two key questions in a public consultation exercise on waste disposal which got under way yesterday.

Wednesday, 11 January, 2012, 12:00am

Retailers back charges for non-woven bags

Retailers have shown support for the idea of charging customers for a widely used type of plastic bag in the next phase of the bag levy scheme.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Levy fails to halt shopping bags' disposal

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, according to the city's environment watchdog.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am


Plastic clothing suddenly reached new heights of cool after Kate Moss swaggered around Glastonbury in a pair of skintight pleather (plastic leather) leggings. For those who say that Moss can wear a plastic bag and still look great, this is the closest she's come to actually doing it.

5 May 2008 - 12:00am

Forced recycling of bags could defeat purpose of legislation

It was reported that lawmakers have suggested using the revenue generated from a proposed 50-cent tax on complimentary plastic carrier bags from supermarkets and retail chains to subsidise recycling ('Bag recycling urged', April 8). I urge lawmakers to review the rationale behind the proposed levy.

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Bag recycling urged

Manufacturers of plastic bags should be paid to collect and recycle them, legislators have proposed.

The lawmakers said the government could use the revenue generated from its proposed tax on plastic bags to subsidise recycling.

8 Apr 2008 - 12:00am


EPD calculation for plastic bags doesn't tally

A number of your correspondents have quite rightly questioned the methodology and conclusions reached by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) in establishing that more than 23 million plastic bags are dumped into landfills every day.

11 Feb 2008 - 12:00am


What do you think about sex education in Hong Kong?

There is a great deal of public concern about the failure of sex education in the city. I think the sex education has failed miserably.

18 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

For rubbish, bigger is better

The public prefers large rubbish bags and wants food waste dumped free of charge.

These are among conclusions from the government's first waste-charging trial.

Most of the respondents said in a questionnaire survey after the trial that they preferred a 15-litre bag, followed by 10 litres and 20 litres. The least preferred is the five-litre bag.

7 May 2007 - 12:00am

talk back

Q Will you refuse to accept bags on No Plastic Bags Day?

I am not going to refuse plastic bags on No Plastic Bag Day. I do not support the tax either.

14 Apr 2006 - 12:00am


I AM a domestic helper and I am amazed by the wasteful habits of Hong Kong people.

At the shops the check-out staff give plastic bags without thinking twice. At the doctor's clinic they give out tiny little plastic bags with the medicine and plastic spoons that most people already have at home.

27 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Plastic bags thrown away

AT Wellcome supermarkets, purchases are not packed at the check-out, but a shelf is provided where customers can pack their goods after paying.

Therefore the cashier has to guess the number of bags required. In my opinion the number is almost always over-estimated.

I try to use as few bags as possible, leaving behind any I do not need.

3 Jun 1995 - 12:00am