THE Hong Kong government sent out an internal memo informing its different departments and venues to stop selling bottled water in their vending machines by 20 February, 2018. To help reduce waste at the source, the government told its workers at venues, including sports centres and country parks, to stop selling one-litre-or-under bottles of water.
However, this does not apply to other drinks, such as juices or sports drinks. The Hong Kong government has stopped providing bottled water during its events and meetings, and is instead using reusable containers.
The government currently has about 1,540 vending machines at its different venues. These venues together also have about 10,500 drinking fountains. The government said it will encourage Hongkongers to bring their own bottles and utilise the drinking fountains.
(This article is published on Goodies on 06 December 2017)