Most of the drinks cartons piling up in Hong Kong’s landfills come from one producer, and it is high time the firm takes responsibility for recycling the containers, a green group has warned.
Beverage giant Vitasoy – which owns Vitasoy milk and Vita Lemon Tea, among other brands – had been ignoring the problem and was deviating from a pledge to strive for socially responsible consumption and production, Green Power said.
About 43,000 tonnes of waste drinks cartons are discarded in Hong Kong landfills each year. Almost none is recycled in Hong Kong.
Starting in July, Green Power set up 17 recycling stations across the city for waste cartons. A sampling of 8,404 cartons received over four weeks found nearly three quarters were Vitasoy brands.
“Other than continue to make money, they haven’t really done much on recycling,” Green Power senior education and project officer Tommy Yu Kin-kong says.
Yu said the government needed to create a law which would make producers pay for collection and recycling of their products packaging.
At the time of writing, according to a Young Post Instagram poll, 71 per cent of our readers do not think Vitasoy will shoulder the responsibility of collecting and recycling their waste drinks cartons.
However, some Hong Kong students believe recycling the cartons will be very difficult.
“It’s almost impossible to recycle those cartons as they have to separate the plastic, metal and paper in order to recycle them. These cartons should not be allowed to be made in the first place,” said Zachary Perez Jones, 14, from South Island School.