Hong Kong Considers Tax on Plastic Bags
"When we learn from other countries' experiences, the economic incentive can really indeed achieve the benefit and positive effects to reduce the use of plastic bag. For example, in Taiwan, when they impose [a] plastic bag charge, the use of plastic bag [was] reduce[d] around 70 percent."
- Chu Hon-keung, environmental affairs manager for the Hong Kong chapter of Friends of the Earth
Hong Kong - Hong Kong has been searching for a way to reduce the use of plastic bags, which are currently handed out here at the rate of 33 million a day.
The Environmental Protection Department says a tax on plastic bags might be the economic incentive needed to make shoppers think green.