Customers purchase Covid-19 rapid antigen test kits at a store in Hong Kong on February 18. More than half a million RATs are taken every day in Hong Kong, generating more than 3.5 million pieces of plastic from the test kits. Photo: Bloomberg
Customers purchase Covid-19 rapid antigen test kits at a store in Hong Kong on February 18. More than half a million RATs are taken every day in Hong Kong, generating more than 3.5 million pieces of plastic from the test kits. Photo: Bloomberg
Bernard Chan
Opinion

Opinion

Bernard Chan

Hong Kong needs better answers to pandemic-driven surge in plastic waste

  • The mountain of single-use plastic waste from Covid-19 has seriously set back sustainable development goals for Hong Kong and the rest of the world
  • We need to take account of all the plastic waste when formulating testing, quarantine and mask policies, build effective waste management systems and recycle more

Customers purchase Covid-19 rapid antigen test kits at a store in Hong Kong on February 18. More than half a million RATs are taken every day in Hong Kong, generating more than 3.5 million pieces of plastic from the test kits. Photo: Bloomberg
Customers purchase Covid-19 rapid antigen test kits at a store in Hong Kong on February 18. More than half a million RATs are taken every day in Hong Kong, generating more than 3.5 million pieces of plastic from the test kits. Photo: Bloomberg
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