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, mainly those carrying beverages and personal care products, which is now underway.  Having reviewed the experience and practices in other jurisdictions and considered the local situation, the consultant has affirmed the feasibility to introduce a PRS on plastic beverage containers, and is of the view that the Government should take forward the PRS on plastic containers by phases, targeting first at plastic beverage containers which account for about 60% of plastic containers disposed of at landfills.  The consultant will submit its detailed recommendations on the PRS on plastic beverage containers to the Government.  The Government will continue with the remaining assessment and evaluation, and proceed with the public consultation on the recommended proposal.  In parallel, the Government will implement a pilot scheme on the application of RVM to assess its effectiveness in collecting waste plastic beverage containers, so as to lay the groundwork for the future implementation of the PRS on plastic beverage containers.

Last review date: March 2019
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