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Announcement in the Public Interest (API) for Public Engagement on Control of Single-use Plastics

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Big Waster:Do you really need to use single-use plastic party items for celebrations?
Big Waster:Go plastic-free!
Big Waster:There’s no need for excessive plastic wrapping
Big Waster:Bring your own bag when you go shopping!
Big Waster:Make a good habit of going plastic-free at source
What and when to reduce? By how much?
Super:Public Engagement on Control of Single-use Plastics
Views Collection Period until 29.12.2021
www.susdev.org.hk
Big Waster:Share your views on the website
of the Public Engagement on Control of Single-use Plastics
at susdev.org.hk on or before December 29
Super:Avoid Using Single-use Plastics
[Logo of Council for Sustainable Development]

Announcement in the Public Interest for Public Engagement on Control of Single-use Plastics (Web accessible version)

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Opening scene shows a family having a birthday party in hotel room full of plastic festival decorations balloons, umbrellas in plastic umbrella bags, disposable plastic tableware.
All family members are wearing party hats and the children are holding inflatable cheer stick

Next shot shows the Big Waster appearing as a superhero and he tells the story in a comic style in 4 frames
Firstly, Big Waster is pointing at the balloon decorations
Secondly, the children with party hats are playing with inflatable cheer sticks
Thirdly, there are used party poppers and colour papers on the tables
Finally, there is a close up shot of disposable plastic tableware
Big Waster says:

Big Waster:Do you really need to use single-use plastic party items for celebrations?
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Next shot is a close up shot of the disposable toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush and comb in the toilet

Next shot shows the mother is holding those disposable toiletries including, showering product in small bottles, toothbrush, toothpaste and comb
The Big Waster appears immediately and out his long arm to stop mom
Big Waster says:

Big Waster:Go plastic-free!
Description Next shot shows Big Waster standing behind a young man who is unpacking his parcel wrapped with multiple layers of plastic wrap and bubble wrap at home
Big Waster says:
Big Waster: There’s no need for excessive plastic wrapping
Description Next shot shows Big Waster flying from a supermarket’s freezer section to the fresh fruit zone to tell the old woman
not to take flat-top bags for the packaged fruits
Big Waster says:
Big Waster:Bring your own bag when you go shopping!
DescriptionNext shot shows Big Waster flying to the roof to announce the message
Big Waster says:
Big Waster:Make a good habit of going plastic-free at source
What and when to reduce? By how much?
DescriptionNext shot shows Big Waster standing in front of the billboard with the Victoria Harbour Skyline to announce the message
The Super:
Public Engagement on Control of Single-use Plastics
Views Collection Period until 29.12.2021
www.susdev.org.hk
Big Waster says:
Big Waster:Share your views on the website
the Public Engagement on Control of Single-use Plastics at susdev.org.hk
DescriptionEnd frame shows Big Waster flying in the blue sky with sea and hill
The super changes to:
Avoid using single-use plastics!
And the logo of “Council for Sustainable Development”
Big Waster says:
Big Waster:on or before December 29
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MVO:

Plastic bags, decorations, delivery packaging …

They're all single-use plastic products!

Indiscriminate use of single-use plastics is wasteful and would pollute our environment.

Avoid using single-use plastics and make a good habit of going plastic-free at source!

What and when to reduce? By how much?

Share your views on the website of the Public Engagement on Control of Single-use Plastics at susdev.org.hk on or before December 29

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Presentation on Public Engagement on Control of Single-use Plastics

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Welcome to attend the presentation on Public Engagement on Control of Single-use Plastics.

Today, we will briefly introduce the content of Public Engagement Document on Control of Single-use Plastics, aiming to provide members of the public with information on the subject of single-use plastics to initiate the discussion and provide views on relevant issues.

Details of the Public Engagement Document could be downloaded through the QR code as shown on the screen.

As plastics are light, durable and inexpensive, they are commonly used in our daily lives.

However, they can persist in the environment for hundreds of years, affecting our ecosystems, endangering animal lives and also threatening human health.

Single-use plastics are particularly harmful to the environment as these products are meant to be used only once or for a limited number of times and are usually disposed of right after use.

In addition, they are usually made from low-value and hard-to-recycle plastics, which make them difficult to be recycled. They are usually disposed of at landfills right after use.

There are different types of single-use plastics. Regarding the captioned Public Engagement, we will focus on six types of single-use plastics, including (1) local product packaging, (2) toiletries distributed by hotels, (3) local retail packaging, (4) festival and celebration products, (5) local packaging for logistics and online shopping, and (6) shopping bags.

As mentioned before, single-use plastics are usually made from low-value and hard-to-recycle plastics, which make them difficult to be recycled. They are usually disposed of at landfills right after use.

Currently there are three strategic landfills in Hong Kong. However, existing capacities of our landfills would be exhausted progressively.

As a result, we need to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics with a view to building a better environment.

Recently, the Government has been promoting a plastic-free culture and enhancing recycling measures on all fronts.

The Government started management of single-use plastics since 2009, including Plastic Shopping Bag (PSB) Charging Scheme, launching of Recycling Fund and reduce the use of single-use plastic in government premises and events.

It put forth proposals and consulted the public on the “Producer Responsibility Scheme on Plastic Beverage Containers” and “Regulation of Disposable Plastic Tableware” earlier in February and July this year, respectively.

However, a comprehensive plastic strategy would cover much more than that.

The present public engagement aims to complete the puzzle by allowing the public and different sectors of society to take part in mapping out the control of single-use plastics together on non-essential and hard-to-recycle single-use plastic items, and provide views on "what to reduce, by how much, when to reduce and how to reduce".

Meanwhile, members of the public may also explore ways to go green from consumer angle with a view to revolutionising the market regarding degree of public acceptance and choosing which “greener” products.

There are mainly three types of control measures:

  1. To ban or restrict the use / the sale of certain single-use plastic products.
  2. Regulatory measures: Charging, Producer responsibility scheme and limit the use of virgin plastic as raw material of certain product.
  3. Voluntary measures: through voluntary scheme and campaigns to enhance public education, promotion and recycling.

You should now have some basic understanding on “Public Engagement on Control of Single-use Plastics”, we hope that you could provide your valuable views on the following seven questions:


Question 1: How concerned are you about each of the following issues with single-use plastics?

  1. Single-use plastics are littered in the natural environment, which causes pollution and harm to wildlife
  2. Use of single-use plastics increases carbon footprint and poses climate change hazard
  3. Single-use plastics are difficult to recycle and take up valuable landfill space
  4. The society's over-reliance on single-use plastics promotes a wasteful culture

Question 2: What types of product should be put under control?

For those single-use plastics should be controlled, should actions be taken in short-term (within 3 years) or medium-term (3 – 5 years)?

What should be the approach for controlling them?
Of course, more than one approach could be selected.
Plastic Shopping Bag (PSB) Charging Scheme has been launched for over 10 years and the charging rate is still at a minimum of HK$0.5 with some exemptions.
While looking around the globe, e.g. Macao, the charging level is around HK$1 since 2019.

Do you think that we should enhance the existing measure – PSB Charging Scheme?


Question 3:

  1. Do you agree that the current exemption for PSB carrying frozen/ chilled foodstuff in airtight packaging can be removed?
  2. Do you agree that foodstuff already fully wrapped by non-airtight packaging should not be provided with free PSB?
  3. Do you agree only ONE PSB should be exempted for carrying foodstuff not fully wrapped by any packaging (e.g. bread sold at bakeries, fruits sold at wet market)?
  4. What is the minimum charging level that can discourage you from using a PSB (HKD)?

Question 4: Do you agree that, if more information on the recyclability and percentage of recycled content of a single-use plastic product is provided by the manufacturer, it would be helpful for consumers to make an informed purchase decision?


Question 5: Do you agree there is a need to develop a platform for sharing information on plastic alternatives among different stakeholders (including businesses, material suppliers and consumers)?


Question 6: When there are different brands available for the same type of merchandise. Which of the following green considerations would affect your choice?

  1. Whether the product can be re-used
  2. Whether “green material” is used
  3. The brand’s “corporate environmental responsibility”
  4. Whether the product is not over-packaged

Last Question (Question 7): One of the reasons that plastics are so commonly used is their comparatively cheap price. Replacing plastics by non-plastic / reusable alternatives may drive up the costs of the products.

To reduce the use of single-use plastics, are you willing to pay more?

If yes, how much are you willing to pay for the same product made from non-plastic / reusable alternatives?

This is the end of the presentation, thanks again for attending the presentation on “Public Engagement on Control of Single-use Plastics”.

You may submit the filled Views Collection Form through the QR code or link as shown on the screen.

Welcome to give your views on the implementation of the "Control of Single-use Plastics" on or before 29 December 2021.

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