21% of Hong Kong restaurants have already abandoned plastic tableware ahead of ban

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15th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) 21 per cent of Hong Kong’s small and medium-sized restaurants have already eliminated plastic tableware, signalling a robust response to the impending legislative ban. Kenneth Cheng Kin, the assistant director of the Environmental Protection Department, shared these findings on a recent radio program, describing the transition as an “ideal response” even before the law’s enforcement.

Cheng noted that those establishments yet to replace their plastic items are primarily depleting existing stocks or are in the process of securing supplies of sustainable alternatives. He also highlighted that most chain restaurants have committed to making the switch by 22nd April.

In efforts to facilitate this transition, the department has carried out two market price surveys, revealing a narrowing price gap between traditional plastic items and their eco-friendly counterparts. The difference now stands at merely 5 cents for straws and 4 cents for other utensils like knives, forks, and spoons.