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Community campaigns foster public understanding of plastic shopping bag charging (with photos)

     As the full implementation of plastic shopping bag (PSB) charging on April 1 is approaching, the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has been holding a wide range of community activities to foster public understanding of the new measures, as well as to encourage members of the public to develop the green habit of "BYOB" (bring your own bag).

     An EPD spokesman today (March 19) said the EPD, in collaboration with District Councils and various green groups, has been holding various educational and promotional activities, including carnivals, exhibitions, school dramas, seminars, games stalls and green workshops, in different communities, schools, public housing estates and popular public areas since last November to spread the messages of PSB charging to different corners of the community.

     Starting in March, the EPD has been organising large-scale promotional activities in various locations throughout the territory. Details of the promotional activities to be held in late March to early April are as follows:
Date       Time      Venue            Activity
----       ----      -----            --------  
March 21   11am-5pm  Kwai Tsing       Exhibition,
(Saturday)           Theatre Plaza    Interactive
                                      DIY workshops
                                      and Live

           11am-7pm  Shek Wai Kok     Exhibition and
                     Shopping Centre, Interactive  
                     Shek Wai Kok     games
                     Tsuen Wan

           noon-6pm  Fashion World,   Exhibition and
                     Whampoa Garden,  Interactive
                     Hung Hom         games

           2pm-5pm   Near Wong Tai    On-street
                     Sin Government   promotional
                     Primary School,  activities
                     Ching Tak Street,
                     Wong Tai Sin

March 22   9am-5pm   Left side of     On-street
(Sunday)             Shek Kip Mei     promotional
                     Community Hall   activities
                     at Nam Cheong
                     Sham Shui Po

           11am-5pm  Tsing Yi         Exhibition,
                     Promenade        Interactive
                                      DIY workshops
                                      and Live
           noon-6pm  New Jade         Exhibition and
                     Shopping         Interactive
                     Arcade,          games   
                     Chai Wan

March 28   9am-5pm   Outside Tsuen    On-street
(Saturday)           Wan Market,      promotional
                     Tsuen Wan        activities
                     Market Street
           noon-6pm  Citywalk 1,      Exhibition and
                     Tsuen Wan        Interactive

March 29   noon-6pm  Outside Tai Po   On-street
(Sunday)             Hui Market       promotional
                     and Cooked Food  activities     
                     Heung Sze Wui
                     Street, Tai Po
           noon-6pm  East Point       Exhibition and
                     City,            Interactive
                     Tseung Kwan O    games

April 6    noon-6pm  Lok Fu Plaza,    Exhibition and
(Monday)             Wong Tai Sin     Interactive

     The spokesman said that the district-based promotional activities help disseminate the BYOB message within the community. The activities held in shopping centres could also help remind retailers and consumers that PSB charging will be fully implemented shortly. The spokesman called on the public to actively participate in the activities so as to better understand the new measures and get well-prepared before April 1.

     From April 1, all retailers in Hong Kong, irrespective of the scale of operation and business nature, will have to charge customers not less than 50 cents for each PSB, unless the use of a PSB is exempted from charging (such as for food hygiene reasons or prepackaging). The PSB charge will be retained by the shops.

     For more information about PSB charging, please visit the EPD's featured webpage:, or call the enquiry hotline at 3152 2299.

Ends/Thursday, March 19, 2015
Issued at HKT 20:01


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