Hong Kong Bans Bottled Water In Vending Machines In Government Facilities

Posted On: 11/30/2017

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HONG KONG – A new policy will ban the sale of water in one-liter and smaller bottles through vending machines at Hong Kong government facilities starting Feb. 20, in an effort to reduce plastic waste.

The new rule will take effect in all government-run sports complexes, performance venues, offices, parks, public transportation stations and ferry piers. There are reportedly about 1,130 vending machines set up at government facilities across the city.

The plan also includes strategically placed water dispensers and fountains to promote a "bring your own bottle" culture.

The new rule makes an exception in cases such as "ad hoc operations, prolonged outdoor works or emergency situations" in which bottled water would be provided to meet public service or operational needs.

In July, the University of Hong Kong banned the sale of one-liter and smaller bottles of water in vending machines, stores and restaurants on campus.