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Does Hong Kong have a plastic problem? Experts meet to discuss solutions

Life's a beach? Ocean Recovery Alliance founder Doug Woodring crouches before a mound of plastic debris on one of Hong Kong's southern beaches. Photo: AFP

Thursday morning will be kicked off as a day of pondering about plastics in Hong Kong with Asia Society’s second annual Plasticity Forum.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013, 7:22pm

Covet: Clear and sheer

Clutch (HK$890) by KlearKlutch from Liger.

15 Mar 2013 - 10:05am

Whale found in Andalusia with 17kg of plastic in stomach

A scientist amid plastic sheets found inside whale. Photo: AFP

The whale, washed up last year on a beach in Andalusia, had over 17kg of garbage blocking its stomach, including 30 square metres of plastic sheeting, said Renaud de Stephanis, a marine biologist at the Donana Biological Station, run by the Spanish National Research Council.

9 Mar 2013 - 3:31am


Paco Rabanne may have pioneered the space-age look back in the 1960s (see page 6), but today's designers are reinterpreting his legacy in a more wearable way. Star Trek outfits are long gone and in their place are minimalist cuts, technical fabrics and cool finishes.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Time to halt the plastic menace

If you search for 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' on Google, you will find a lot of photos showing the ocean full of plastic waste.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a place in the central north Pacific Ocean where waste collects owing to ocean currents. This shows just how dangerous plastic can be to the environment.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Same bag levy for all, says government

All retailers should be subject to the same plastic bag levy in the interest of fairness and to avoid potential legal challenges, environment officials told lawmakers yesterday.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Firms need better strategies to lessen plastic's impact on the environment

Your editorial ('The shame lines on our beaches', November 6) touches on the crux of the trashed beaches issue - discarded plastic.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

School leads the way in recycling

If your school is looking for a green project, consider collecting plastic waste and turning it into usable materials. You can do this with the help of Yan Oi Tong EcoPark Plastic Resources Recycling Centre (YOT PRRC).

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Backing for widening plastic bag levy

Most people favour extending the levy on plastic bags, which they believe has been effective in curbing abuses, the environment minister says.

Edward Yau Tang-wah was speaking at the end of a three-month consultation yesterday in which more than 1,000 submissions were received on a proposal to extend the 50 HK cents levy from major chains to all 60,000 retailers.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Drinks-recall chemical 'will not be banned'

The chemical compound DEHP at the centre of a recall of drinks from Taiwan will not be completely banned from Hong Kong, the Health Secretary told a food safety symposium yesterday.

Accumulated intakes of DEHP may cause cancer and affect liver, kidney and reproductive systems and is already strictly prohibited as a direct additive to food or drinks.

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Plastic bag levy to be extended to all

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.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

Charge for the bags and keep the money

All 60,000 Hong Kong retailers should join an expanded plastic bag levy scheme that would also cover bags without handles, such as those provided in supermarkets to pack food.

But instead of paying the 50 cents- a-bag levy to the government - which netted the government HK$25 million last year - the retailers should keep the money.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Newspaper stalls should axe plastic bags, poll finds

Most customers of newspaper stalls - 69 per cent in a survey by a green group, an increase from 55 per cent in a 2008 poll - say the stalls should stop using plastic bags.

14 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Heavier replacements for plastic bags only add strain to landfill

For the past 25 years I have visited Hong Kong on business (in the packaging sector) and for pleasure.

On my last visit I read, with increasing bewilderment, of the discussion on increased waste levels and landfill requirements in the city.

10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

CLP powers ahead with green initiatives

CLP Power is encouraging its contractors to go green, saying it does not hurt the bottom line.

The company, which provides power to Kowloon and the New Territories, has piloted several eco-friendly measures in the past two years and now plans to implement them for all its projects.

30 Jun 2010 - 12:00am