Other Waste Reduction and Recycling Programmes
1. Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Recycling Programme
Each year, Hong Kong households throw away large amount of electrical and electronic equipment. Some of these items are still in good working condition and could be put to second-hand use. The used equipment contains components and materials that could be recovered for reuse and recycling, such as metals and plastics. To reduce the quantity of waste electrical and electronic equipment disposed of at landfills, the EPD launched a recovery programme in January 2003. The programme has been well received by the public and more than 20,000 electrical and electronic units are being recovered and processed each year.
2. District WEEE Recycling Days
A collection vehicle has started to collect waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) based on a district collection schedule from Saturday 29 March 2008. Find out more through the above link. Through display panels, the collection vehicle also encourages the public to participate in various waste recycling programmes.
3. Hong Kong Caritas Computer Recycle Project
The Computer Recycle Project organized by Caritas Hong Kong since 2003 not only reduces computer waste but also benefits those people who have a need for computer. In 2007, about 44,000 pieces of computer and accessories were collected, by which more than 4,400 units of computer equipment were successfully refurbished and donated to those people or families in need. Those computers which cannot be reused are dismantled for recycling.
4. Computer Printers, Scanners and Accessories (PSA) Collection, Reuse and Recycle Campaign
The Caritas Hong Kong has organized the Computer Printers, Scanners and Accessories (PSA) Collection, Reuse and Recycle Campaign since March 2008. This is one of the public education programmes for the "Policy Framework" funded by the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF). The purpose of the programme is to collect used printers and scanners for recycling. Tutors are employed to train the unemployed young people to refurbish the PSA collected for donation to the deprived, while the malfunctioned equipment will be dismantled to recover useful parts and materials for reuse and recycling.
5. Source Separation of Domestic Waste
The Programme on Source Separation of Domestic Waste was launched territory-wide in January 2005 to expand the types of waste collected for re-use or recycling, and to promote the installation of suitable waste separation facilities at convenient locations on each floor by adapting to estates’ / buildings’ physical constraints and other characteristics. By getting more people to separate their waste for recycling, it will help to minimise the amount of waste requiring disposal.
6. Separation of Commercial & Industrial Waste
In 2007, EPD launched the "Programme on Source Separation of Commercial and Industrial Waste" which 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 actively practise waste separation and recycling in workplace.
People are used to clean up their homes thoroughly and dispose of their unwanted items to welcome the Lunar New Year. EPD organizes the Lunar Year-end Recycling Campaign to promote waste reduction, reuse and recycling. Housing estates are encouraged to strengthen their waste recovery activities for their residents to recover reusable/recyclable materials.
8. Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence-Wastewi$e Label
The Wastewi$e Label is a recognition scheme established to encourage Hong Kong businesses/organizations in adopting measures to reduce the amount of waste generated within their establishments or generated through the services and products they provide/supply. A Wastewi$e Adviser will be engaged to work with the applicant and help them determine what measures they can take to reduce their waste, set waste reduction goals and monitor their progress. When businesses/ organizations achieve the goals that they have set, they will be entitled to use the Wastewi$e Label to recognise their waste reduction efforts.
9. Green Rural Waste Reduction Scheme
Tai Po Environmental Association launched a "Green Rural Waste Reduction Scheme" during 08/09. This scheme is one of the public education programmes for the "Policy Framework" funded by the ECF. The purpose of the scheme is to organize activities in rural areas to promote PRS for waste computers and electrical appliances; and collect WEEE for recycling.