Hong Kong Launches BYOC Eateries Scheme to Reduce Plastic Waste
September 18, 2023
In a recent bid to curtail waste and reduce carbon footprint, Hong Kong's Environmental Protection Department, in partnership with the Environmental Campaign Committee, has introduced the Bring Your Own Containers (BYOC) Eateries Scheme.
The BYOC scheme has been introduced in line with the objectives of ‘Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2050,’ which was unveiled earlier in 2021. The plan targets net-zero electricity generation, energy efficiency, green transportation, green buildings, and waste reduction as its primary decarbonisation strategies. It sets a bold goal for Hong Kong to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
One significant action point under the waste reduction clause is the phased regulation of disposable plastic tableware, which the BYOC is a part of.
Eateries enrolled to be part of the BYOC scheme will allow customers to use their personal containers for takeaway orders. Alternatively, they can also offer customers reusable containers. Participating outlets will receive BYOC Eateries stickers to display prominently in their establishments, both as a sign of recognition and for diners to easily identify them.
Financially backed by the Environment & Conservation Fund, this scheme is open to applications throughout the year, with over 250 eateries already on board. Some even offer on-the-spot discounts to customers who bring their containers, further incentivizing eco-friendly behaviour.
Click here to see the full list of participating venues.
Get the latest curated content with The Beat Asia's newsletters. Sign up now for a weekly dose of the best stories, events, and deals delivered straight to your inbox. Don't miss out! Click here to subscribe.