Friends of the Earth (HK) Response to the “Regulation of Disposable Plastic Tableware”
The Environmental Protection Department launched the consultation on the "Regulation of
Disposable Plastic Tableware” today. The government proposes to regulate
the use of single-use plastic tableware including cutleries, cups, and food
containers for dine-in and takeaway services at 2025 earliest.
Plastic waste has consistently accounted for around
20% of the municipal solid waste we dispose in landfills every day. The overuse
and mismanagement of single-use plastics have now become a menace to our
environment as they pollute coastlines, near shores, and even the depths of
Many municipalities and countries have proposed or
imposed bans on single-use plastics. Mainland China has already moved to ban
single-use expanded polystyrene (EPS) tableware and non-degradable plastic
straws starting this year. Friends of the Earth (HK) urges the
government to catch up with the world to protect our health and ecosystems.
We would also remind that, besides disposable
tableware, single-use plastic packaging from supermarkets and other retail food
stores are a major source of plastic waste and need to be regulated as well.
Friends of the Earth (HK) will publish a proper
response at a later date after reading the consultation in full.
Please click the
below link to read the consultation document: