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Plastic bag levy of $2; and Hong Kong Palace Museum


Plastic bag levy of $2; and Hong Kong Palace Museum

8:30am-9:15am: A planned increase of the plastic bag levy

8:30am-9:15am: Ivy Chan,  Assistant Public Affairs Manager, Greener Action

8:30am-9:15am: Edwin Lau, Founder and Executive Director, The Green Earth 

9:00am-9:15am: Sze Lai-shan, Deputy Director, The Society for Community Organisa-tion (SoCo) 

9:15am-9:30am: The new opening of the Hong Kong Palace Museum

9:15am-9:30am: Raymond Fung, artist and architect; and member of the Hong Kong Palace Museum 

On Tuesday's Backchat, we're talking about a planned increase of the plastic bag levy.

The Legislative Council is due to consider a proposal on Tuesday to raise the charge for plastic shopping bags in supermarkets and some other stores from $50 cents to $1 dollar. But campaigners say that's not enough.

The environmental group, Greeners Action, has conducted a survey which found that more than 75 percent of respondents believed that people would only start using fewer plastic bags if the levy was raised to at least HK$2 per bag, while only 21 percent would reduce their use if the levy was set at HK$1.

Why do HK citizens still use too many plastic bags? Are they too convenient, or too cheap? And what impact would a $2 charge have on the underprivileged? 

After 9.15am, the Hong Kong Palace Museum has finally opened its doors! We'll talk to a prominent artist and architect.  


Backchat is RTHK Radio 3's current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation. It airs every weekday from 8.30am-9.30am. Have your say by calling us on 233 88 266, Backchat's Facebook , or send us a message at

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