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Hong Kong environmental issues

Will Hong Kong follow EU lead on single-use plastics ban?

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 May, 2018, 4:49pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 May, 2018, 4:49pm

There is growing recognition that the plastic epidemic facing our planet is materially impacted by single-use plastics, such as straws, stirrers, cotton buds and balloon sticks.

The European Union and other countries are now starting to initiate legislation to ban them. In proposing new EU-wide rules aimed at reducing plastic pollution, the European Commission on Monday highlighted how “plastic waste ends up in our air, our soil, our oceans, and in our food”.

Hong Kong should declare war on plastic

In Hong Kong, our government has a great opportunity to show leadership in environmental awareness in Asia and follow suit – banning their use here.

This would be a huge boost to addressing our landfill problems as well as the pollution in our countryside and on our beaches. Can someone in the government confirm whether this is being looked at?

Tim Woodward, Kwai Chung