Following the full implementation of the plastic shopping bag charging policy for more than two years, a local green group found that 35 percent of the shops investigated still give free plastic bags to customers.
Local environmental group Greeners Action came up with the finding after sending staff as customers to 100 non-chain shops, including apparel, grocery and hardware stores, in July and early August, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
The situation has actually improved this year, the group said, noting that 55 percent of the shops visited last year gave out free plastic bags to their customers.
For this year, 7 percent of the shops gave free plastic bags for purchased goods even if customers did not ask for them.
The group urged the Environmental Protection Department to strengthen monitoring and law enforcement, while stepping up education and publicity work.
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