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 soon 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.

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 excellent 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 recycle rechargeable batteries, the public can bring the battery to a Collection Point for recycling.

The Producer Responsibility Scheme on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), also known as WPRS, came into effect on August 1, 2018. It covers air-conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, computers, printers, scanners and monitors (collectively referred to as regulated electrical equipment, or REE). Under the WPRS, an REE seller is required by law to arrange for its customer a statutory free removal service to collect a used equipment of the same class abandoned by the customer. Upon purchase of the REE item, the customer is entitled to ask the seller to arrange for delivery of the new item and removal of the used item on the same day at no extra charge.

To properly dispose of REE for recycling, apart from choosing the statutory free removal service arranged by sellers in connection with a purchase of REE, members of the public may also make use of the following services:

Collection Hotline (2676 8888) – to answer public enquiries regarding various channels of recycling waste REE and to make appointments for collection.

Community Green Stations (CGSs) – all CGSs accept waste REE for disposal for onward transfer to suitable recyclers for handling.

E-waste Collection Vehicle – The collection vehicle stations in 18 districts on Saturdays and Sundays on a roster basis to collect waste REE from the public.

Other than REE, small household electrical appliances can also be recycled, for example:

  • Video or audio equipment
  • Fans
  • Rice cookers
  • Microwave ovens
  • Other small household electrical appliances

Moreover, 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 regulated electrical equipmentMore on recycling of computers and communication productsMore on recycling of fluorescent lamps and tubes

Reduce & Reuse

You can reduce waste both at work and at home with a few simple changes. Here are some tips for you.

At the Office

  • Think carefully how many copies you need and do not copy too many.
  • Put a single-sided paper collection box and a waste paper recycling box near the photocopiers.
  • Single-sided paper can be used as notepads and reusing envelopes.
  • Use pencils for drafting rather than pens.
  • Use less glue that contains benzene and ethyl acetate – paper clips and pins will often do.
  • Use less correction fluid that contains the ozone depleting 1,1,1-trichloroethane.
  • Reduce the use of fluorescent pens – you can just underline text instead.
  • Bring your own mug so you don't have to use disposable paper cups.
  • Communicate through e-mail can reduce paper use.
  • Reduce paper towel consumption by installing electric hand dryers.

At Home

  • Cut down on gift wrapping paper.
  • Use handkerchiefs rather than tissues.
  • To avoid buying unnecessary products, think twice before shopping. It is environmentally friendly and can save your money.
  • To reduce consume of plastic bags, bring your own bags.
  • Return coat hangers to cleaners.
  • Send any unwanted electrical appliances, computers, toys and clothing to charity groups.

Location of collection points

Source Separating Domestic Waste for Recycling

The Programme on Source Separation of Domestic Waste, launched in January 2005, aims to increase the quantity of recyclables collected and reduce the amount of waste disposed. This is done by encouraging and assisting property management companies to provide waste separation facilities within their estate / building premises to facilitate residents to separate waste at source.

Residents only need to separate recyclables in their waste by category, such as waste paper, metals and plastics, and then take them to the designated recycling points in their estates. This is very convenient.

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 transfer to recyclers.

More on source separation of domestic waste

Source Separating Commercial & Industrial Waste for Recycling

The Programme on Source Separation of Commercial and Industrial Waste, launched in 2007, aims to encourage the property management sector to undertake initiative to set up and implement suitable mechanism to separate and recover waste within commercial & industrial (C&I) premises. This will facilitate the tenants / occupants to practice waste separation and recycling in workplace with ease.

More on source separation of commercial and industrial 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 points

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

List of recyclers/ waste collectors

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