Views Collection Form

The views collection period ended on 29 Dec 2021. Thank you for your participation.

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Question 1: 
How concerned are you about each of the following issues with single-use plastics?
(i)
Single-use plastics are littered in the natural environment, which causes pollution and harm to wildlife.
Extent of concern (1 - Not concern, 5 - very concern)
(ii)
Use of single-use plastics increases carbon footprint and poses climate change hazard.
Extent of concern (1 - Not concern, 5 - very concern)
(iii)
Single-use plastics are difficult to recycle and take up valuable landfill space.
Extent of concern (1 - Not concern, 5 - very concern)
(iv)
The society’s over-reliance on single-use plastics promotes a wasteful culture.
Extent of concern (1 - Not concern, 5 - very concern)

Question 2: 
What types of product should be put under control? For those that 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?
[Remark to readers: for more examples on single-use plastic product, please refer to p.7 of this public engagement document]
(i)
Local product packaging

(e.g. box for containing fruit / eggs)

(ii)
Local retail packaging

(e.g. foam tray and platter for fresh fruit, meat, fish or poultry)

(iii)
Local packaging for logistics and online shopping

(e.g. plastic wrap and bubble wrap)

(iv)
Festival and celebration products

(e.g. inflatable cheer stick, glow stick, cutlery, stirrer, straw and plate

(v)
Toiletries distributed by hotels

(e.g. showering product in small bottle)

(vi)
Others,

including:

(vi) - 1 - umbrella bag
(vi) - 2 - supplementary tool sold together with a product for its usage / consumption, such as plastic straw attached to a paper beverage carton
(vi) - 3 - other toiletries like plastic stemmed cotton buds
(vi) - 4 - miscellaneous items such as signage for meetings, conventions and exhibitions
(vi) - 5 - others:

Question 3: 
Enhancing existing measure - the Plastic Shopping Bag Charging Scheme
Question 3.1: 
Do you agree that the current exemption for Plastic Shopping Bag (PSB) carrying frozen / chilled foodstuff in airtight packaging can be removed?
Question 3.2: 
Do you agree that foodstuff already fully wrapped by non-airtight packaging should not be provided with free PSB?
Question 3.3: 
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)?
Question 3.4: 
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?
(i)
Whether the product can be re-used (e.g. reusable metal cutlery vs single-use plastic cutlery for parties, reusable umbrella bags vs disposable umbrella bags)
(ii)
Whether “green material” is used (e.g. products and packaging with recycled content)
(iii)
The brand’s “corporate environmental responsibility” (e.g. the brand offers “take-back” service for the collection and subsequent recycling of their products)
(iv)
Whether the product is not over-packaged

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, assuming that a single-use plastic item costs $10, how much are you willing to pay for the same product made from non-plastic / reusable alternatives?

The views collection period ended on 29 Dec 2021. Thank you for your participation.