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21
May
2024

Plastic Free Seas: Hong Kong's New Waste Legislation Recent Successes and Future Challenges

Dana Winograd
Tuesday, 21 May 2024
Drinks from 6:45 pm; Talk at 7:30 pm
The HK Management Association, 14/F, Fairmont House, 8 Cotton Tree Drive, Central
Complimentary Free-Flow Wines

Dana Winograd, co-founder and Executive Director of Plastic Free Seas, shares the latest updates about waste from single-use items and other plastic waste in Hong Kong, and how individuals and organisations can help minimise plastic waste.  Dana has championed this issue for more than 10 years, and shows that there have been several recent successes, in which Hong Kong has the chance to be a world-leader, if some initial challenges can be overcome.

Waste from single-use items is a global problem and Hong Kong is a major contributor.  In 2022, the total quantity of solid waste disposed of at Hong Kong’s landfills was 5.74 million tonnes, the equivalent of 1.51 kg per person per day. 
 
From 22 April, Hong Kong has taken a major step in its war on waste by banning sale and distribution of single-use plastic tableware, including polystyrene straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates and cups, with further action over time.  The Government is also implementing  Municipal Solid Waste Charging on 1 August.  In line with the "polluter-pays" principle, the waste disposed of by all sectors in Hong Kong is to be subject to charging based on its quantity.  The implementation and controversy over of this scheme has highlighted the urgency of this issue.

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