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Large amount of single-use beverage packaging waste including bottles and bottle caps are found on the coastal area of Tung Ping Chau.
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WWF-Hong Kong joins the “Drink Without Waste” initiative to call on Hong Kong to reduce single-use drinks packaging, regulate packaging standards, and raise packaging recovery and recycling. Together with leading beverage companies, major retailers, the waste industry and NGO’s urge the government to regulate single-use packaging and provide incentives for recovery and recycling, infrastructure and initiate public awareness campaigns.

Mr. Peter Cornthwaite, WWF-Hong Kong CEO reiterated WWF’s belief that the government should put these issues at the forefront of its policy agenda, “The current recycling of single-use plastics is dysfunctional and needs urgent attention. WWF will continue to push the F&B industry to address its use of single-use beverage packaging and support new efforts for efficient recycling. WWF will continue to actively engage corporates and community groups, and encourage an overall reduction in the use of single-use plastics. It’s time we saw more free water dispensers across our city.”

Dr Patrick Yeung, Manager of Oceans Conservation added, “WWF supports the efforts of Drink Without Waste to push for a circular economy to expand recycling in the city. The larger question is: can the public and businesses reduce the use of unnecessary plastics in everyday life? We all need to change the way we live to reduce our use of plastics.”

Visible fish bites on a plastic bottle and a plastic straw at the beach.
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Hong Kong’s leading beverage companies gathered along with major green groups, including WWF-Hong Kong to announce their proposals to reduce the used and discarded beverage containers that end up in Hong Kong’s landfills, countryside, beaches and the marine environment. 80 percent of this material ended up in the city’s landfills in 2017. The proposed solutions include reducing single-use packaging, regulating packaging standards, implementing a cash-on-return scheme for the packaging andthe enhancement ofrecycling facilities. The beverage industry promised to implement voluntary measures to reduce waste. Drink Without Waste hopes to recover 70%-90% of used packaging in Hong Kong by 2025.

For more details of the “Drink Without Waste” initiatives, please visit: https://drinkwithoutwaste.org/

 

 

Plastics waste from inland can enter the sea through sewage drains.
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