Green Bags

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

The big bag question

It was one of the most popular Canto-pop concerts held at the Hung Hom Coliseum. The organisers had prepared a gift for every fan: under each of the 10,000 seats was a specially ordered reusable bag stuffed with a whistle, brochure, light stick and other souvenirs.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am

Fewer plastic bags used than expected

The 50-cent plastic bag levy has yielded positive results in the first quarter of its implementation, an Environmental Protection Department spokesman said. Retailers distributed 13.46 million plastic shopping bags from July 7 to September 30, which brought in levy income of about HK$6.7 million, This was less than the HK$50 million expected.

3 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Lawmaker warns against excessive use of green taxation

Hong Kong may lose the edge offered by its simple taxation system if it imposes too many environmental levies that might hurt small businesses in particular, a lawmaker has warned.

28 May 2007 - 12:00am

Plastic bag levy to cut one billion bags a year

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 outlets and aims to cut at least 1 billion bags a year.

22 May 2007 - 12:00am

To use or not to use

More shops are using biodegradable bags, but some environmental groups say this could lead to more waste

Major shopping chains and fast food outlets are switching to using biodegradable plastic carrier bags.

13 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Design a reusable shopping bag to save the Earth

Each Hong Kong resident uses an average of 1,300 plastic bags a year.

If we add that together, that equals more than 9.1 billion per year. This is a huge problem.

I think supermarkets should encourage customers to use their own bags when shopping.

22 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Reuse your bags

NO Plastic Bag Day has come and gone, but organisers remind the public not to forget the message.

Angus Ho Hon-wai, chairman of the Green Student Council which organised last Saturday's event, said all bags should be reused.

'No matter what material the bags are made of, cotton or non-woven, we should not throw them away,' he said.

22 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

talk back

Q Should the government restrict distribution of plastic bags?

A photograph of the DAB party handing out free 'environmentally friendly' carrier bags in your competitor's newspaper serves to compound the folly of the plastic bag tax.

The free bags were made from non-woven polypropylene, which is, if you know your chemicals, a plastic bag!

17 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Charge for bags

I refer to Mark Chan's letter about ways to reduce the use of plastic bags (South China Morning Post, August 9).

He mentioned the pack-it-yourself policy in UK supermarkets.

If Hong Kong shoppers had the chance to help themselves to plastic bags, they would probably take more than they are given now at the check-out.

16 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Shoppers and stores share bag blame

I refer to Leini Spears letter on the liberal use of plastic bags in Hong Kong supermarkets (South China Morning Post, June 22).

She correctly pointed out that supermarket employees are too generous when giving plastic bags to shoppers.

9 Aug 2001 - 12:00am