about me



Yucatán Photos

St Lucia Photos

Photo Album



< June 2010 >
   1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9101112

past articles »

Click for San Francisco, California Forecast

San Francisco, USA


Plastic Bag Tax in Hong Kong

After many years of debate, Hong Kong has finally decided to impose a 50 cents (USD 0.06) tax on the use of disposable plastic bag in supermarkets. There have been many efforts to convince people to reduce plastic bag use voluntarily. But mostly the shops hand out bags freely and the result is very limited.

50 cents per bag in Hong Kong

I was shopping in a Causeway Bay supermarket in the basement of a Japanese department store. To see how effective this law is, I've spent a few minutes to observe the shoppers coming out from the cash register. The ratio of people using their own reusable bag vs. disposable plastic bag is roughly half and half. I was hoping even more people would bring their own bag. But compare to the baseline figure a few years ago where reusable bag usage is almost 0, this is certainly a big improvement.

See also my eariler entry about proposed plastic bag ban in California.

2010.06.28 [] - comments



blog comments powered by Disqus

past articles »


BBC News


Calais 'Jungle' cleared of migrants, French prefect says (26 Oct 2016)


Russian warships: Spain says refuelling request withdrawn (26 Oct 2016)


US liver donor marries woman whose life he saved (26 Oct 2016)


HIV Patient Zero cleared by science (26 Oct 2016)


US election: Trump thanks Gingrich for 'amazing' Kelly interview (26 Oct 2016)


Migrant deaths in Mediterranean hit record in 2016 - UN (26 Oct 2016)


Italy earthquake: Strong tremor shakes Rome buildings (26 Oct 2016)


Syria conflict: Schoolchildren killed in Idlib air raids (26 Oct 2016)


President Obama ridiculed on Snapchat by daughter Sasha (26 Oct 2016)


Mosquito army released in Zika fight in Brazil & Colombia (26 Oct 2016)

more »


SF Gate


Bay Area News (7 Jan 2012)


City Insider (11 Feb 2012)


Crime Scene (13 Feb 2012)


C.W Newius Column (10 Jan 2012)


C.W. Nevius Blog (11 Feb 2012)


Education News (10 Jan 2012)


KALW (11 Feb 2012)


Matier and Ross Blog (11 Feb 2012)


Sunrun to offer solar panels plus batteries with LG Chem (26 Oct 2016)


Twitter layoffs part of massive cuts in tech (26 Oct 2016)


Health care costs rise slowly for those who get insurance at work (26 Oct 2016)


Apple announces revenue decline but is optimistic about iPhone 7 (26 Oct 2016)


Google Fiber halts expansion plans as CEO steps down (26 Oct 2016)


Business News Roundup, Oct. 26 (26 Oct 2016)

more »


Site feed Updated: 2016-Oct-26 12:00