Hong Kong is banning disposable plastic tableware from April 22, when Earth Day is celebrated each year. That means there will be no more plastic cutlery sold or given at restaurants—for either dine-in or takeaway—in a city that sent about 865,000 tonnes of plastic waste to landfills in 2022. The ban targets expanded polystyrene (which include styrofoam) straws, stirrers, cutlery or plates. Until 2025, cups, food containers and lids can still be sold to customers buying takeaway, but can no longer be provided for dining-in; meanwhile, hotels will no longer be allowed to sell or freely provide disposable plastics, such as bottles or umbrella bags. Oxo-degradable plastics—which degrade into harmful microplastics—are banned from being manufactured.

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