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Unfair rap against food sales staff

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

Saturday, 3 December, 2011, 12:00am

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.

Under the extension - spelt out by the government yesterday and to be tabled in the legislature - about 60,000 retailers will be required to charge no less than 50 cents for every plastic shopping bag they hand to consumers.

23 Nov 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


Helping the poor should be a priority

Looking after poor people should be a top priority for Hong Kong's next chief executive. Many of them live in terrible conditions, such as 'cage houses'.

23 Jul 2011 - 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

Bag levy has made things worse, industry says

The plastic-bag levy introduced two years ago has not helped protect the environment - in fact, the overall use of plastic has risen because of it, according to a manufacturers' group.

18 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Subsidies, education the key

In 'Bags pile up despite fee' (Young Post, May 16), Cheung Chi-fai reported that after the levy on plastic bags was introduced, the number of reusable bags being dumped rose sharply.

8 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Wanted: the next step to cut reliance on plastic

What's next after the plastic bag levy? It might be biodegradable plastic bags. Or eco-friendly packaging. That is, if the system lets it happen.

Professor Carlos Lo Wing-hung, who specialises in environmental governance at Polytechnic University, said the levy system was not conducive to innovative and creative solutions to the overuse of plastic bags.

25 May 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

Beijing may extend ban on free plastic bags

The ban on free plastic bags will extend from shops to restaurants and hospitals, according to an official from the Ministry of Commerce.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Retailers seek more details on bag levy

Officials have been urged to clearly define what a 'retailer' is before extending the plastic shopping bag levy.

The chairwoman of the Hong Kong Retail Management Association, Caroline Mak Shui-king, says a clear definition is needed to avoid confusion and make sure no one inadvertently breaks the law.

20 May 2011 - 12:00am


Plastic bag tax must be extended

I refer to the government's study claiming that the plastic bag levy has not been as successful as expected ('Levy fails to halt shopping bags' disposal', May 13).

19 May 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