The hong kong plastic shopping bag environmental levy scheme is an environmental levy scheme designed to reduce the manufacture and distribution of plastic shopping bags (psbs) in hong kong psbs are made of materials that are not easily degradable.
The minister for the environment is required to review the effectiveness of the waste disposal levy at least every three years this page provides information on reviews carried out in 2017, 2014 and 2011.
The levy scheme aims to generate direct economic disincentives and encourage consumers to refrain from using psbs indiscriminately the ultimate goal is to cultivate a habit of bring your own bag ( byob ) within society. Lcq2: effectiveness of the environmental levy scheme on plastic shopping bags following is a question by the hon jeffery lam kin-fung and a written reply by the secretary for the environment, mr edward yau, in the legislative council today (october 28): question: the environmental levy scheme on plastic shopping bags (levy scheme) has been implemented since july 7 this year, and a levy. Investigate the effectiveness of the environmental levy scheme on plastic shopping bags and give suggestions on alternative solutions to saturating landfills within 5 years.
This is important to ensure the effectiveness of the levy in terms of enforcement, compared to a voluntary scheme use of levy revenue the retailers return all the levy collected to the government on a quarterly basis the levy will go to the environmental fund to support environmental projects 5. The environmental levy scheme on plastic shopping bags is the first statutory producer responsibility scheme implemented under the product eco-responsibility ordinance it now covers about 3,000 major or chain supermarkets, convenience stores and personal health and beauty stores.
Launch of the levy scheme in july 2009 could be as high as 90% 3 1 we assumed a 50% reduction in the distribution of psbs from registered retailers and a further 50% exemption of plastic bags that do not fall under the statutory definition with an environmental levy up to $200 million a year based on the 2005 survey figure. Reply: mr president, (a) the environmental levy scheme on plastic shopping bags (levy scheme) has been implemented since july 7, 2009 according to the initial feedback from some green groups and the retail trade, the number of plastic shopping bags (psbs) distributed to customers by registered retailers has been reduced significantly. Environmental levy scheme on plastic shopping bags psb levy scheme – first phase (7 july 2009 – 31 march 2015) the first phase of the psb levy scheme was implemented on 7 july 2009 targeting some 3,000 retail outlets mostly being supermarkets, convenience stores and medicare and cosmetics stores.
Plastic bag levy should be supported by all retailers edwin lau calls on all retailers to honour the spirit of the law levying a charge on the use of plastic bags, and not try to find ways around it.