Restaurants and other catering premises could be banned from providing plastic cutlery to customers who dine in or order takeaway under the Government's proposal to regulate disposable plastic tableware.
In Hong Kong, about 14.6 billion pieces of plastic cutlery are discarded every year - equivalent to an annual disposal rate of 1,940 pieces per person. This poses a threat to our living and marine environment as such plastic waste can enter and contaminate the food chain.
To reduce the use of plastic and minimise the impact on the environment, the Government has proposed introducing a Scheme on Regulation of Disposable Plastic Tableware over two phases as early as 2025.
The first phase of the proposed Scheme will ban the local sale of disposable expanded polystyrene tableware (EPS) and catering premises will be prohibited from offering all types of plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates for both dine-in and takeaway services. The provision of plastic cups and food containers will also be outlawed for dine-in customers although the ban on these items will not extend to takeaway services until the second phase.
A public consultation on the proposals is set to end on 8 September 2021.
Join us on 19 August 2021, when the Environmental Protection Department officials Fong Kin-wa and Joanne Yung will explain the background to and proposed scope of the legislative proposals.
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