Glass Bottles

Talking points

Legco panel discusses handling of glass bottles

he Legislative Council's panel on environmental affairs meets to discuss the public consultation on a producer-responsibility scheme for glass drink bottles.

Monday, 22 April, 2013, 1:58am

Briefs, March 3, 2013

A 74-year-old man in an infirmary ward in Pok Oi Hospital in Yuen Long, where some patients are infected with human metapneumovirus, has a fever and respiratory problems.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am

Letters to the Editor, March 2, 2013

Former lawyer Warwick Reid. Photo: The Bay of Plenty Times

I disagree with the letters by Cherry Yau ("Containers are not suitable living spaces", February 26) and Lau On-yin ("Another from of substandard housing", February 26).

2 Mar 2013 - 3:30am

Government unveils plan for HK$1 recycling levy on glass bottles

Secretary for the Environment, Wong Kam-sing meets the media on the government propose a levy on glass bottles as part of a recycling scheme. Photo: Sam Tsang

People would need to pay a recycling levy on water and fruit juices sold in glass bottles, not just bottled beers and wine, under a government proposal. Under the plan - unveiled by the Environment Bureau yesterday for a three-month public consultation - about 1,700 importers and distributors will be subject to a levy based on either the volume or number of bottles involved.


8 Feb 2013 - 5:18am 1 comment

Hong Kong considers mandatory glass recycling legislation

The government is considering legislation to make glass recycling mandatory.

The government is considering legislation to make glass recycling mandatory, the environment minister said yesterday.

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said the legislation would target mainly wine and other beverage bottles.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:06am 1 comment

Lamma volunteers make floundering recycling scheme a success

Lamma residents took matters into their own hands when they saw the government's green scheme floundering. Photo: Nora Tam

Every week, restaurants and bars on Lamma Island dispose of hundreds of glass bottles, which make their way to a recycling booth - but it is volunteers, rather than paid workers, who are delivering the bottles.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:17am

Government must start glass recycling

Campaigners collect glass in Wan Chai. Photo: SMP

I read an article regarding glass recycling in Hong Kong and it really blew my mind. It said only 3 per cent of glass bottles were recycled and that the government doesn't pay attention to this problem, refusing subsidies for glass recycling volunteers.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:06am

Where the middle class reach for a glass

Ten years ago, Martin Lee, an engineer in Guangzhou, would never have imagined spending 680 yuan (HK$828) on a bottle of cabernet sauvignon. Today, he drinks at a members-only wine club in the blossoming Zhujiang New Town. The price tag? A lifetime fee of 300,000 yuan. Lee is not alone: he is part of a growing middle class on the mainland that is roughly the population of the entire US.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Students throw away lots of plastic bottles

Students throw away an estimated 20 million plastic water bottles every year. That is equivalent to the area of 16 football fields.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

COOL stuff

Wine is so sensitive that it doesn't like being bottled. It can close down temporarily, immediately after the stress of being moved from its barrel or tank - the so-called 'bottle shock'.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am


Egizia wine bottle, HK$345, from I.D., Prince's Building, tel: 2523 3006.

Hand-blown glass bottle, HK$200, from Inside, 12/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2873 1795.

Royal Scot perfume spray bottle, HK$595, from Townhouse, Prince's Building, tel: 2845 0633.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

10,000 bottles of wine dumped

Police are trying to track down the owners of more than 10,000 bottles of low-cost red wine found abandoned in Hong Kong streets.

Hundreds of cases of the French, Chilean and Argentinian wine - all of which sells for less than HK$150 a bottle - were brought to the attention of police in Hung Hom on Monday night and in Sham Shui Po yesterday.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Life's little luxuries

THE PHRASE less is best rings true when it comes to limited editions. Take the new Rolls-Royce Phantom motorcar, unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. Only 30 will be produced. Designed in collaboration with Iranian-born fashion designer Bijan Pakzad, the vehicle is in Bijan's signature yellow.

11 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Bottles bring hope for poor

Underprivileged families in poor areas of Thailand are being helped to build their own homes by an imaginative programme launched by Cerebos. The company, which is probably best known as the manufacturer of health food supplement Brand's chicken essence, is planning to construct cheap, but functional homes made primarily from used glass bottles.

10 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Time in a Bottle

Oval Atrium, IFC Mall Until Jun 15

Like all collectors, Leon Ko Sai-tseung has a major obsession - antique perfume bottles in his case.

10 Jun 2010 - 12:00am