73. Promoting environmental
protection will help reduce wastage, preserve and
improve our environment, and ensure the sustainable
this will help develop our environmental industry,
create more job opportunities and improve the quality of
as a cosmopolitan city so as to attract more talent and
enhance our competitiveness.
In the light of overseas
experience, I believe that introduction of suitable
孄reen?taxes can help reduce the growth of solid
waste and enhance public awareness of environmental
Environment, Transport and Works Bureau (ETWB) is now
studying the introduction of a product responsibility
scheme for waste tyres.The scheme aims to give those
concerned the responsibility of recovering and recycling
waste tyres. Under
this scheme, they will have to bear the associated costs
in accordance with the olluter pays?principle.
The regulatory impact assessment study on the
scheme has been completed.
ETWB is now evaluating the cost-effectiveness of
different options and their effect on the industry, and
aims to commence a public consultation on the
recommended options within this year.
During this year's Budget
consultation exercise, I floated the idea of a tax on
plastic bags. We
all know that plastic waste is generally
staggering number of plastic bags are used by
day the plastic waste dumped in landfills amounts to 1 064
tonnes, equivalent to over 33 million plastic bags.
Every day on average, therefore, each citizen
disposes of nearly five plastic bags.
Such a grave situation is incongruous with the
concept of promoting a sustainable society.
ETWB will study ways to help the retail industry
to minimise the distribution of plastic bags and to
recover and recycle the used products.
ETWB also aims to encourage the public to re-use
plastic bags and take their own bags with them for
as a frame of reference the overseas practices of
levying a tax or charging fees on plastic bags, ETWB is
studying the feasibility of introducing similar measures
No matter how desirable
our proposed measures are, it will be difficult to
achieve meaningful results without the community taking
ownership and contributing positively to the effort.
Environmental protection will bring long-term
benefits to our society.
I hope the public will respond constructively to
the proposals when the Government formally puts them