Waste Reduction & Recycling

The need to reduce and recycle waste is crucial to Hong Kong, with our large population and rapidly filling disposal facilities. Here you can find out why recycling is important, what the Government is doing to encourage it, how you can recycle waste and where to obtain more information.

Why Reduce and Recycle Waste?

Because Hong Kong has to deal with an unsustainable amount of waste in such a small geographical area, everyone needs to be aware of what we can do to improve the situation. Our landfills will be exhausted one by one by 2020 if waste levels continue to increase at current levels. So we all need to take responsibility and act now.

Waste reduction guidelines and factsheets

Waste Reduction Programmes

Whilst the Government takes the lead, it is essential to involve the whole community in reducing waste. The “Hong Kong Blueprint for Sustainable Use of Resources 2013 – 2022”  unveiled in May 2013 promulgates comprehensive action plans to reduce waste through enhanced social mobilization, coupled with appropriate policies and legislation.  

Through the action plans and joint effort of the entire community, the Blueprint targets to reduce Hong Kong's per capita municipal solid waste disposal rate from 1.27 kg per day to 1 kg or below by 2017, and further down to 0.8 kg or below by 2022."

More on Hong Kong Blueprint for Sustainable Use of Resources 2013 – 2022

The Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence and Hong Kong Green Organisation Certification

The Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) and Hong Kong Green Organisation Certification (HKGOC) are organised by the Environmental Campaign Committee, Environmental Protection Department, and other main chambers in Hong Kong.  They aim to encourage organisations to implement environmental management, to measure organisations’ performance and their commitment to environmental management within the industry, and to recognise organisations with excellence performance on environmental management.  In particular, the “Wastewi$e Certificate” under the HKGOC encourages businesses / organisations in adopting measures to reduce the amount of waste generated during their operation, manufacturing process and / or provision of services.

The Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence / Hong Kong Green Organisation Certification

Recycling Rechargeable Batteries, fluorescent lamps/tubes and Electronic Equipment

Rechargeable batteries contain some hazardous and other substances that can be recycled. They are used in many types of electronic equipment, such as:

  • Mobile Phones
  • Cordless Phones
  • Digital Cameras
  • Video Cameras
  • Notebook Computers
  • Personal Digital Assistances
  • Power Tools
  • MP3/MD Players
  • Portable CD/VCD/DVD Players
  • Electronic Dictionaries
  • Shavers
  • Electrical Toothbrush
  • Portable Vacuum Cleaners
  • Electronic Game Sets

To encourage battery recycling, collection points are located in stores and railway stations throughout Hong Kong.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) can also be recycled, for example:

  • Computers
  • Refrigerators
  • Video or audio equipment
  • Fans
  • Rice cookers
  • Heaters
  • Mobile phones
  • Television sets
  • Washing machines
  • Microwave ovens
  • Water heaters
  • Air-conditioners
  • Electronic games
  • Other home electrical appliances

Electrical and electronic equipment, either in good operating condition or out of order, is welcome. The collected appliances will be inspected and repaired as necessary, and will finally go to charity. Besides, compact fluorescent lamps and tubes generated from households can also be recycled.

More on recycling of rechargeable batteriesMore on recycling of electrical appliancesMore on recycling of computersMore on recycling of fluorescent lamps and tubes

Source Separating Domestic Waste for Recycling

The Programme on Source Separation of Domestic Waste, launched in January 2005, aims to make it more convenient for residents to separate waste at source. This is done by encouraging and assisting property management companies to provide waste separation facilities on each building floor, and broadening the types of recyclables to be recovered.

Under the Programme on Source Separation of Domestic Waste, a diverse range of recyclables is being recovered in housing estates, such as plastic packaging materials, compact discs and metal biscuit tins. Previously, only waste paper, aluminium cans and plastic bottles were collected for recycling.

Each participating housing estate or building can run periodic large scale collection programmes for specific types of reusable and recyclable materials such as clothing, electronic and electrical appliances, and computers for resale to recyclers.

More on source separation of domestic waste

Community Recycling

Apart from separating waste in domestic buildings, people can also bring their recyclable materials to various locations in the community.  The Community Recycling Network has been set up to arouse public awareness about recycling, and to encourage public participation in waste recovery by providing collection points for low-valued recyclables, including waste plastics, glass bottles and small waste electrical and electronic equipment.  Materials collected will be further processed and recycled locally.  People can bring their recyclable materials to these community recycling locations.

More on community recycling networkLocations of community recycling collection points

Other Recyclables Outlets

Public can donate unwanted but still usable items to a recycling organisation.

Location of collection pointsCaritas(HK) online computer donation (Available in Chinese only)

Public can also bring their recyclable materials to various recyclers/ waste collectors for recycling.

List of recyclers/ waste collectorsDownload Waste Less mobile application

Recycling Helpline

To help you obtain information on waste reduction and recycling, the Environmental Protection Department operates a Recycling Helpline that provides:

  • Technical advice on waste reduction and recycling.
  • A list of waste collectors and recyclers.
  • Local waste recycling statistics.
  • Information on Government initiatives and activities.

You can call the Environmental Protection Department's Customer Service Centre at 2838 3111 or request information by email from recycling_helpline@epd.gov.hk.

More on the helpline and other sources of information
Last revision date: November 2016