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Government eyes extension of plastic bag levy

Government eyes extension of plastic bag levy

About 100,000 retail outlets will face fines if they fail to charge customers for plastic shopping bags under a proposed extension of the levy scheme that will cover all goods retailers and bags except those issued for food hygiene.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 5:47am

City Digest, October 22, 2012

Bank alerts police over suspicious men at ATM

Nanyang Commercial Bank staff called police shortly after midnight yesterday after a customer reported a problem when using an ATM on Nathan Road, Mong Kok. Security footage showed two men fitting a device to the ATM that police believed to be a data collector.


Woman conned into making web transfers

22 Oct 2012 - 6:16am


Unfair rap against food sales staff

I refer to the letter by Nigel Pearson ('Bakeries wasting plastic bags', November 27).

Food that is not pre-packaged is exempt from the plastic bag levy for food safety and hygiene reasons. Shops selling food items without packaging are obliged to use bags for them.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

People can make a difference by getting involved in annual cleaning of beaches

I refer to the letters by Lawrence Brader ('Appalled by floating rubbish', September 8) and Ken Wake ('Get tough with marine litter louts', September 8).

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Massive reduction of plastic shopping bags ending up in our landfills

I refer to the letter by J. Tse ('Decision to give plastic bags wrong', August 30).

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Solar-fuelled ship can power thinking

The world's largest solar-powered ship, MS Turanor PlanetSolar, which is helping to promote sustainable energy while on a round-the-world trip, stopped off in Hong Kong this month.

27 Aug 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

Bag makers mount thin argument against levy

The so-called environmentally friendly bags, also referred to as non-woven bags, are made from the same kind of plastic as the thin plastic shopping bags used by supermarkets and convenience stores, but they are thicker and more durable. So was it clever businesspeople who gave these bags such a green name?

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Slow progress

It's dangerous to underestimate the government's ineptitude. Just when you think our officials have exhausted their store of bungles, they deliver another.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Plastic-bag law isn't rocket science

There should be nothing complicated about further weaning us off plastic bags. A good start has been made with the imposition of a 50 HK cent levy at 3,000 shops. Almost two years after its implementation, the scheme has been widely accepted and has reduced the number of bags littering our streets and waterways and being put into landfills.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Pharmacies join 'no plastic bags' campaign

About 200 pharmacies have signed up for 'No Plastic Bag Day' and, from tomorrow, will no longer offer plastic bags on Tuesdays. Customers wanting a plastic bag will be urged to pay 50 HK cents as a donation to the Environment and Conservation Fund. Pharmacies typically give out close to 1,000 plastic bags daily, according to the Hong Kong General Chamber of Pharmacy.

23 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Progress on plastic bags bill

Lawmakers have finally started to scrutinise a bill that could lead to a 50 HK cent levy on plastic shopping bags after lobbying by the environment minister and green groups.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Democracy and the wealth of nations

9 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

In Brief

23 arrested in immigration sweep

28 Feb 2008 - 12:00am