The Charge

Extension of the Environmnetal Levy Scheme on Plastic Shopping BagsUnder the PSB Charging, the seller of goods by retail shall charge the customer an amount not less than 50 cents for each PSB, or each pre-packaged pack of 10 or more PSBs, provided by the seller directly or indirectly to the customer at the time of the sale, for promoting the goods, or otherwise in connection with the sale.

This level of charge follows that adopted under the first phase of the levy scheme and is proven for creating sufficient incentive to reduce the use of PSBs on the one hand, but not exceeding a level generally accepted by the public on the other. With the introduction of this charge, we consider that it will help change the public's habit and lead to a sustained reduction in the use of PSBs in Hong Kong.