Producer Responsibility Scheme on Plastic Beverage Containers

To better promote the recycling of waste plastic containers, the Government is conducting a feasibility study on how to introduce a new Producer Responsibility Scheme (PRS) on plastic beverage containers.

Why introduce the PRS on plastic beverage containers?

Waste plastics constitute about 20% of our municipal solid waste disposal, and their percentage has been increasing over the years, amongst which about 10% are plastic containers. As a key measure to tackle the challenge of waste plastics in Hong Kong, the Government is exploring how to implement a PRS targeting suitable plastic product containers, in particular those carrying beverages, turning waste plastic containers into reusable resources.

Progress

The Government commissioned a consultancy study in October 2017 on how to implement a PRS on suitable plastic product containers.  Taking into account the recommendations of the consultant, the Government has decided to press ahead with the introduction of a PRS on plastic beverage containers, which account for about 60% of the overall waste plastic containers disposed of in Hong Kong.  We will also consider introducing a similar arrangement to the deposit-refund system implemented in other jurisdictions by providing an economic incentive to encourage public to return used plastic beverage containers for recycling, and to explore the application of reverse vending machine (RVM) to enhance the recovery efficiency of plastic beverage containers.  In this regard, we will launch a pilot scheme to assess the performance and effectiveness of RVMs for collection of plastic beverage containers in local environment. The consultant will submit its detailed recommendations on the PRS on plastic beverage containers to the Government.  We will consider the recommendations of the consultant and the views of relevant stakeholders and work out the way forward for consulting the public.

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