It would be imposed to broaden the charges for poly bag to coverage over 90% retailing shops in Hong Kong at the soonest in 2015.
Since the policy of poly bag levy was imposed in 2009, the usage of poly bag declined by 76.7% from 657 million units in 2009 to 153 million units in 2010. Meanwhile the number of poly bag distribution maintained at a steady level around 50 million units to 60 million units during 2010-2013.
Environmental group claimed that poly bag levy caused the usage of poly bag to be dropped; on the contrary, the usage of non woven bag is increasing. It was found that merchants are abused to distribute non woven bags. These bags can be reused for many times as they are more durable, merchants can print their logo on the bags as one of the promotional strategies. Therefore, the group urges Hong Kong government to supervise and monitor the usage of non woven bag as well.
An experienced poly bag manufacturer Mr. Tang expressed that orders for non woven bags, so called “Eco friendly bags” increased by 60-70% recently; however, they are not really eco-friendly indeed as the usage of rein is much more than traditional or normal poly bags due to the thickness. The thicker the bag is, the more the resin is used. Nowadays, parts of European countries forbidden for using poly bags or non woven bags by legislation. Decomposition bags act as the substitution for poly bags and non woven bags, but the cost of it is 70% higher than the others.