Lawmakers are closer to passing an environmental levy to cut plastic bag use in Hong Kong. “No Plastic Bag Day” campaigns may become permanent. According to a report released recently by Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong throws out over 8 billion plastic shopping bags every year (that’s more than 3 bags per person a day).
The proposed plan will work in phases—chain or large supermarkets will be among the first retailers required to charge HK 50 cents (roughly 6 cents USD) for each plastic bag. This alone is predicted to cut plastic bag use in Hong Kong by a billion in just one year. The money collected from the levy will also “be used primarily for environmental work such as infrastructure, education and other activities that are related to the environment.”