Published On: Wed, Jul 8th, 2009

Hong Kong imposes plastic bags levy

Shoppers in Hong Kong will have to pay HK50 cents of environmental levy every time they receive a plastic shopping bag with handle from a registered retailers starting today (July 7).

Prescribed retailers include major and chain supermarkets, convenience stores, personal health and beauty stores and supermarkets inside department stores.

The city’s Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau said the scheme provides a direct economic incentive to discourage the indiscriminate use of plastic shopping bags.

“More and more people in Hong Kong now bring their own shopping bags and use fewer plastic shopping bags as they know more about the importance of the environment to the future of Hong Kong,” said Yau