The indiscriminate use of plastic shopping bags is a major and visible environmental problem in Hong Kong. Our landfill survey in 2005 indicates that some eight billion plastic shopping bags are disposed of at landfills every year. This translates into more than three plastic shopping bags per person per day, which apparently go beyond our needs.
Plastic shopping bag charging will be fully implemented on April 1 to encourage people to bring their own bags when they go shopping.
From that day, all retailers, irrespective of scale of operation and business nature, will have to charge customers 50 cents for each plastic bag provided in the sale of goods, save for situations where there is exemption.
Types of Exemptions
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