Plastic bottles displayed at a Green Earth press conference on waste plastic bottles found in the Hong Kong and Taiwan coasts, in Kwai Chung in September 2018. In 2019, an average of around 4.84 million PET bottles were disposed of daily at Hong Kong’s landfills, but the recycling rate was less than 1 per cent. Photo: Dickson Lee Plastic bottles displayed at a Green Earth press conference on waste plastic bottles found in the Hong Kong and Taiwan coasts, in Kwai Chung in September 2018. In 2019, an average of around 4.84 million PET bottles were disposed of daily at Hong Kong’s landfills, but the recycling rate was less than 1 per cent. Photo: Dickson Lee
Plastic bottles displayed at a Green Earth press conference on waste plastic bottles found in the Hong Kong and Taiwan coasts, in Kwai Chung in September 2018. In 2019, an average of around 4.84 million PET bottles were disposed of daily at Hong Kong’s landfills, but the recycling rate was less than 1 per cent. Photo: Dickson Lee

Letters | Hong Kong needs united action to tackle plastic waste crisis and boost bottle recycling

  • A proposed deposit scheme for beverage bottles could provide enough incentive for consumers to return plastic waste and get their money back, but the government should also consider ways to get drinks producers to improve bottle design

Topic |   Hong Kong environmental issues
Plastic bottles displayed at a Green Earth press conference on waste plastic bottles found in the Hong Kong and Taiwan coasts, in Kwai Chung in September 2018. In 2019, an average of around 4.84 million PET bottles were disposed of daily at Hong Kong’s landfills, but the recycling rate was less than 1 per cent. Photo: Dickson Lee Plastic bottles displayed at a Green Earth press conference on waste plastic bottles found in the Hong Kong and Taiwan coasts, in Kwai Chung in September 2018. In 2019, an average of around 4.84 million PET bottles were disposed of daily at Hong Kong’s landfills, but the recycling rate was less than 1 per cent. Photo: Dickson Lee
Plastic bottles displayed at a Green Earth press conference on waste plastic bottles found in the Hong Kong and Taiwan coasts, in Kwai Chung in September 2018. In 2019, an average of around 4.84 million PET bottles were disposed of daily at Hong Kong’s landfills, but the recycling rate was less than 1 per cent. Photo: Dickson Lee
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