Plastic is not fantastic
Change the way we eat
How many pieces of single-use plastics do you use for eating and drinking each day? The plastic cutlery, containers and straws do not only exist in our daily meals, they also end up in our marine environment. According to the Coastal Watch survey, these items are among the top 10 of Hong Kong marine litter, causing long-term impacts to marine life. Even if properly disposed, they take up precious space in landfills for a long time. In Hong Kong, only about 14 per cent of plastic is recycled1. Dinnerware make up eight per cent of disposed plastic waste2, and are difficult to recycle due to food contamination.
To help save our marine environment, you can first, commit to not using single-use plastic tableware. You can also take the extra step of urging the food and beverage industry to stop providing plastic tableware to customers, and call on the government to regulate the use of single-use plastics in the F&B industry by 2022!
- Environmental Protection Department (2017). Monitoring of Solid Waste in Hong Kong – Waste Statistics for 2016, p.3
- Research Office, Legislative Council Secretariat (2017). Statistical Highlights – Environmental Affairs.ISSH01/17-18