Analyses | Environment and energy | 2018-02-14 | HKET

Is a deposit return scheme the answer to Hong Kong’s plastic bottle woes?

Plastic bottles are rarely recycled in Hong Kong. Government officials and environmentalists recently suggested launching a deposit return scheme, making consumers pay a deposit on plastic containers which would be refunded when the containers are returned to specified points. Could it be a way to boost recycling rates? What would need to be addressed if it is introduced to Hong Kong?

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