Littering fines in Hong Kong are set to double from October 22, when they will increase from HK$1,500 to HK$3,000. The fixed penalty will also cover people who spit in public and put up bills and posters without approval, as well as pet parents who do not clean up after their dogs poo in public spaces.

The new fines come as a result of an amendment to Cap. 570A, the Fixed Penalty (Public Cleanliness and Obstruction) Regulation. In addition, the penalty for illegally disposing of construction or a large amount of other waste will be HK$6,000 — up from the current HK$2,000 — as will the fine for unauthorised shopfront extensions.

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The increased fines will also extend to pet owners who do not clean up after their dogs make a mess in public spaces in the city (© Leung Cho Pan via Canva)

The Hong Kong government has been stepping up its efforts to reduce the negative impact of waste and plastic on the environment. On Wednesday, authorities confirmed that the ban on single-use plastics at restaurants and hotels will come into effect on April 22, 2024.

In addition, the government will also begin charging for municipal waste bags from April 1, 2024. This comes after authorities raised the fees charged for plastic bags from HK$0.5 to HK$1 for in-store and online retailers. Shoppers also no longer get free bags for food and drinks that come in sealed packaging, or fruit and vegetables wrapped in cling film or tissue.

Header image credits: Micah Chan via Flickr

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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