Acting for Climate Report
Eat Without Waste: Hong Kong’s Takeout Packaging Challenge
Hong Kong’s prolific use of disposable foodservice packaging is tied to its character as a densely populated city with a culture of convenience. An estimated 3.9 billion disposable foodservice items were used and discarded by Hong Kong consumers in 2019, even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since then, takeout habits have only proliferated. The associated packaging has a detrimental effect on our environment: overflowing landfills, litter on our streets and beaches, and resource wastage. To address this critical waste issue, this report offers analysis to deepen our understanding along three dimensions:
- A detailed understanding of the current situation and its causes.
- A critical assessment of the various solutions in operation or under development in Hong Kong and around the world.
- The formulation of viable pathways that cater to Hong Kong’s specific needs to maximise landfill diversion.
The authors summarise their detailed recommendations as “Tackle all single use foodservice packaging, not just plastics. Use a portfolio of tools. Start now.” Based on these principles, the report offers a pathway forward for Hong Kong’s food & beverage operators, policymakers, and consumers to collectively Eat Without Waste.