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Hong Kong environmental issues

Hong Kong’s mounting plastic waste is everyone’s problem

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 July, 2018, 5:02pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 July, 2018, 5:02pm

I agree with the waste reduction measures suggested by Felix Yung (“Three ways Hong Kong can cut plastic waste at fast-food chains”, July 22).

For starters, consider ditching straws on all drinks. This has already been implemented by KFC in Singapore as of June 20, under its #KFCNoStraws campaign, and the feedback from dine-in customers has been quite good. Can Hong Kong follow suit?

Second, for takeaway foods, rather than one-off boxes for burgers, why not stop at the paper wraps?

Third, is there really a need to continue promoting “Happy Meals” for children? All the toys with such meals come in very nice packaging. And this not only adds to plastic waste, the incentive to consume more fast food just to get the full collection of toys is only going to make our childhood obesity problems worse (“Childhood obesity is rising rapidly in the Asia-Pacific”, April 9).

Do you finish your restaurant meal, bin the scraps or take it home?

The waste issue concerns everyone in Hong Kong, and the government and big corporations should take the lead.

Just look at the plastic waste left on beaches after a public holiday or a weekend, and you can see the need for urgent action.

Eunice Li, Shanghai