WHEN you order takeaway food, think about where the lunchboxes and containers go after you finish your meal. According to the Environmental Protection Department (EPD, 環保署),
of the 30,400 tonnes of Styrofoam waste sent to landfills in 2018, 47 percent of it was from eateries.
The EPD added that Styrofoam can only be recycled into a small amount of plastic material. This means recycling Styrofoam is very expensive.
The EPD also said it is currently doing a study on whether a ban on one-use plastic eating utensils would work in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, the EPD is replacing plastic cutlery with
bamboo sticks, paper straws and paper bags in the food kiosks at public beaches in Hong Kong.
(This article is published on Goodies on 20 May 2019)
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- 1. How much Styrofoam waste was sent to landfills in 2018?
A. 10,000 tonnes
B. 30,400 kilograms
C. 30,400 tonnes
- 2. What did the EPD say about recycling Styrofoam?
A. It is very expensive
B. It is good for the environment
C. They need more Styrofoam
- 3. When will the study about plastic cutlery be finished?