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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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Mr FONG Kin-wa, Assistant Director (Waste Reduction and Recycling), Waste Reduction and Recycling Group, Environmental Protection Department

Mr Fong joined the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department in 1991. He has worked on various air and waste management subjects and environmental pollution enforcement work. He is now the Assistant Director (Waste Reduction & Recycling) responsible for promoting sustainable development of the recycling industry, promoting green procurement and coordination of infrastructural support for the recycling industry. Mr Fung also oversees the operation of the Recycling Fund, promote the development and implementation of the EcoPark and preparatory work for the regulatory control of disposable plastic tableware.

Ms YUNG Ting-fong, Joanne, Principal Environmental Protection Officer (Waste Reduction and Recycling), Waste Reduction and Recycling Group, Environmental Protection Department

Ms Yung is the Principal Environmental Protection Officer of the Environmental Protection Department of the Government of the HKSAR. She has over 20 years experience in environmental enforcement work, public education, waste facility development, and management of various of waste reduction and recycling projects to support the recycling industry in Hong Kong. Ms Yung is now leading a team of environmental professionals providing waste paper and waste plastic collection services in Hong Kong. The public consultation on "the Scheme on the Regulation of Disposable Plastic Tableware" recently launched is also under the efforts of her team.

Language English
Date and Time 2021/08/19 12:00 to 13:00
Venue Online via Zoom
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