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District councillors' acts regrettable

The Home Affairs Department today expressed regret over the consumption of alcoholic drinks by four members of the Sham Shui Po District Council (SSPDC) at a meeting yesterday.   Based on online videos and the discussion at the meeting, the four District Council (DC) members were Janet Ng, Kalvin Ho, Eunice Chau and Lawrence Lau. Their consumption of alcoholic drinks at the meeting brought the reputation of the SSPDC into disrepute and failed to fulfil the public's expectation of DC members.   The District Officer (Sham Shui Po) referred to the Sham Shui Po District Council Standing Orders at the meeting, pointing out that a DC member should ensure that his or her conduct must not be such as to bring the DC into disrepute, should not at any time or in any respect do anything which might compromise or impair his or her integrity, impartiality, objectivity or his or her ability to perform his or her duties, and should not place himself or herself in a position which might be cont

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Views sought on plastic bottle plan

The Environmental Protection Department today released a consultation paper on the Producer Responsibility Scheme on Plastic Beverage Containers (PPRS) for the proper management of waste plastic bottles.   The consultation period will last for three months until May 21.   The Government recently announced the Waste Blueprint for Hong Kong 2035, which sets out the strategies, goals and measures to tackle the challenge of waste management, and to promote a circular economy and green living environment.   As one of the key waste reduction measures, the proposed scheme requires stakeholders to share the environmental responsibilities of collecting and treating plastic beverage containers to minimise their impact on the environment, the department said.   In line with the polluter pays principle, the scheme proposed a recycling levy to be collected at the beverage supplier level, including manufacturers and importers, to help recover the operation costs of the scheme.   It has been suggested that certain retail stores selling plastic-bottled beverages serve as collection points so that people can return used plastic beverage containers.   These containers will then be supplied to local recyclers so they can turn them into marketable recycled materials.   Furthermore, the proposed scheme will include rebates to encourage people to return used plastic beverage containers.   The public can submit views through the dedicated website, or by email, post or fax to the department during the consultation period.   Meanwhile, the department has rolled out a one-year Reverse Vending Machine Pilot Scheme to test the application of the machines in recovering plastic beverage containers.   Under the pilot scheme, 60 reverse vending machines will be set up in phases at locations such as public places and government facilities to collect used plastic beverage containers.   The machines provide an instant rebate of $0.1 through e-payment platforms for each plastic beverage container returned. Each e-payment platform account will allow the return of up to 30 plastic beverage containers a day.   The public can also choose to donate the rebate, with no daily limit, to designated charities.   At present, 40 machines are in service, with the remaining 20 to be available soon.   For enquiries and views on the reverse vending machines, call 9488 0277 or send an email.
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