Hong Kong has the lowest glass recovery rate of any developed city in the world. Over 200 tonnes of glass bottles are dumped in our landfill sites every single day.1 In 2014, only 10 percent of the bottles consumed in Hong Kong were recycled.2 Glass waste has the lowest recycling value among all the major recyclable materials in Hong Kong (see the chart below)3 and as a result very little of it can profitably be recycled.
To remedy this, in May 2016 the Legislative Council voted to enable a scheme that will charge suppliers for each bottle used, in an effort to transform our treatment of glass waste. Although new in Hong Kong, it is a familiar concept in many parts of the world, and one of proven effectiveness. This summary outlines what the scheme aims to deliver and what is required to achieve this goal.