Shell Gas Stations install water dispensers
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Since the cost of collecting, transporting and recycling the used plastic bottles is higher that what the recycled material is worth, 96% of the used plastic bottles in Hong Kong go straight to the landfill. To have sufficient number of water fountains around town can greatly reduce our reliance on (or even addiction to) bottled water. We believe that public bodies as well as sizable private corporations should bear their social responsibility and install water fountain for public use.
According to the 2015 Waste Statistics issued by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD), Hong Kong produces 136 tons of PET plastic waste daily. This amounts to more than 5 millions plastic bottles.
We are so delighted to see that Shell has recently provided the community with more convenient solutions on waste reduction with its “Bring Your Own Foldable Gear” promotion . Customers can redeem a set for spending HK$400 or above on fuels or lubricant products at any Shell station. As mentioned in the press release, “Shell is now joining hands with people in Hong Kong to fight the waste problem by making small differences in our everyday habits, by reducing consumption of single-use disposable products.”
We note that Shell stations are all over Hong Kong. A number of these stations also have convenient stores selling a lot of single-use plastic water/ drinks bottles to customers. We sincerely urge Shell to take one step further in fighting the plastic waste problem in Hong Kong by installing water dispensers at each and every Shell stations, so that customers who have bought the foldable bottles (or any other reusable bottles) can refill them for free.
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