Two shop owners who failed to charge for plastic shopping bags were fined up to $10,000 by Kwun Tong Magistracy today.
A To Kwa Wan drug store provided free self-service plastic bags to customers in 2015.
The Environmental Protection Department prosecuted the store as it deemed the practice a planned move to evade charging customers for plastic bags as required by law.
Another drug store in Kwai Hing Estate Arcade was issued a fixed penalty notice in 2015 for provision of free plastic bags.
The store was found to repeat the offence in 2016 and was prosecuted again.
Under the Product Eco-responsibility Ordinance, retailers and drug stores must charge customers at least 50 cents for each plastic shopping bag used, except when exempted.