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How does the Environmental Protection Department promote environmental awareness to the trade practitioners?
What are the requirements on environmental protection for car washing shops or vehicle repair workshops?
What are the purposes of the "Partnership Programme" for the vehicle repair trade ?
How many trade associations are now participating in the "Partnership programme" for the vehicle repair trade?
What are the contents of the partnership programme for the motor vehicle repair trade ?
When was the "Collaboration Scheme with Vehicle Repair Workshops to Improve Environmental Compliance" first launched?
How many vehicle repair workshops have joined the "Collaboration Scheme with Vehicle Repair Workshops to Improve Environmental Compliance"?
What is the charge for joining the "Collaboration Scheme with Vehicle Repair Workshops to Improve Environmental Compliance"?
How many trade associations are now participating in the "Collaboration Scheme with Vehicle Repair Workshops to Improve Environmental Compliance"?
How is the "Collaboration Scheme with Vehicle Repair Workshops to Improve Environmental Compliance" being implemented ?
What are the contents of the "Guide to Environmental Protection for the Vehicle Repair Trade" ?
Which types of vehicle repair workshops did the Environmental Protection Department commend in the "Green garage election 2004" event?
What kind of competition event' was included in the "Green Garage Election 2004"?
How many vehicle repair workshops are there in Hong Kong ?
What are the major types of vehicle repair workshops in Hong Kong ?
Where are the appropriate locations for operating vehicle repair workshops ?
How can the nuisance from vehicle repair workshops on others be minimized?
Should you have other questions, please contact us.



How does the Environmental Protection Department promote environmental awareness to the trade practitioners?

To promote environmental awareness, the Environmental Protection Department has produced promotional leaflets, posters and labels for chemical waste etc for use by the trade, and organized seminars and workshops on environmental protection.

Besides, the Environmental Protection Department commissioned the Hong Kong Productivity Council to produce technical specifications on activated carbon adsorption systems and promote them to the trade for their reference.

In January 2004, the Environmental Protection Department published the "Guide to Environmental Protection for the Vehicle Repair Trade" which is accompanied by a CD. The Guide is available free for the trade for reference.

 

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What are the requirements on environmental protection for car washing shops or vehicle repair workshops?

Licence for Effluents

According to the "Water Pollution Control Ordinance", any person discharging commercial or industrial waste water (including those produced by car washing shops or vehicle repair workshops) in a Water Control Zone should apply for a discharge licence from the Environmental Protection Department. In determining the conditions of a discharge licence, the Environmental Protection Department will refer to the "Technical Memorandum - Standards for Effluents Discharged into Drainage and Sewerage Systems, Inland and Coastal Waters", the volume and the pollutants of the waste water.

Waste water from car washing shops or vehicle repair workshops must be connected to sewer leading to waste water treatment facilities.

The size of any waste water control facility should correspond to the maximum discharge rate, and should be able to hold waste water for 20 minutes. You can hire experienced contractor to design one for you.

Chemical Waste Producers

According to the Waste Disposal (Chemical Waste) (General) Regulation, all materials classified as "chemical waste", including solid and liquid materials, must be handled properly.

In general, vehicle repair workshops produce the following chemical wastes : spent lubricating oil, wiping cloths or cleaning rags stained with lubricating oil, and sand, waste refrigerants, organic solvents and their containers, waste paints and their containers, used oil filters with lubricating oil residues, waste batteries, engine coolants, brake linings with asbestos.

Vehicle repair workshops producing the above chemical wastes in their operations must registered as chemical waste producers with the Environmental Protection Department. Chemical wastes must be properly stored, labeled and packed. Finally, they must be collected by licenced chemical waste collectors to approved treatment facilities for proper disposal. Records of delivery must be kept for 12 months and be available for inspection by law enforcement personnels.

 

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What are the purposes of the "Partnership Programme" for the vehicle repair trade ?

Since December 2000, the Environmental Protection Department has been embarking on partnership programme for the motor vehicle repair trade. The purposes of the programme are to encourage trade practitioners to participate in environmental protection activities through a closer tie with them; and to provide the trade with general guides on pollution control measures so as to improve the environment and reduce environmental complaints.

 

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How many trade associations are now participating in the "Partnership programme" for the vehicle repair trade?

The Hong Kong Vehicle Repair Merchants Association Limited (HKVRMA) and the Environmental Vehicle Repairers Association Limited (EVRA) are participating in the "Partnership programme" for the vehicle repair trade.

 

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What are the contents of the partnership programme for the motor vehicle repair trade ?

The Environmental Protection Department, the Hong Kong Vehicle Repair Merchants Association Limited (HKVRMA) and the Environmental Vehicle Repairers Association Limited (EVRA) jointly organize a "Collaboration Scheme with Vehicle Repair Workshops to Improve Environmental Compliance". In this collaboration scheme, HKVRMA and EVRA nominate enthusiastic members to become environmental ambassadors. They, as trade practitioners, send out environmental protection messages to their fellow practitioners and encourage them to improve pollution situations with a view to meeting requirements of environmental protection legislation.

To promote environmental awareness, the Environmental Protection Department has produced promotional leaflets, posters, labels for chemical wastes, and the "Guide to Environmental Protection for the Vehicle Repair Trade" (which is accompanied by a CD) for distribution to motor vehicle repair trade practitioners for their use and reference. Beside, the Environmental Protection Department holds seminars and workshops for motor vehicle repair trade practitioners to introduce them to requirements of environmental protection legislation and some new design/products to reduce pollution, such as the use of activated carbon adsorption system to reduce air pollution, a series of environmentally friendly paint spraying technologies, water soluble paints, and so on.

 

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When was the "Collaboration Scheme with Vehicle Repair Workshops to Improve Environmental Compliance" first launched?

In December 2000.

 

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How many vehicle repair workshops have joined the "Collaboration Scheme with Vehicle Repair Workshops to Improve Environmental Compliance"?

There are currently about 370 vehicle repair workshops have joined the Collaboration Scheme.

 

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What is the charge for joining the "Collaboration Scheme with Vehicle Repair Workshops to Improve Environmental Compliance"?

Free of charge.

 

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How many trade associations are now participating in the "Collaboration Scheme with Vehicle Repair Workshops to Improve Environmental Compliance"?

The Hong Kong Vehicle Repair Merchants Association Limited (HKVRMA) and the Environmental Vehicle Repairers Association Limited (EVRA) are participating in the "Collaboration Scheme with Vehicle Repair Workshops to Improve Environmental Compliance".

 

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How is the "Collaboration Scheme with Vehicle Repair Workshops to Improve Environmental Compliance" being implemented ?

The Hong Kong Vehicle Repair Merchants Association Limited (HKVRMA) and the Environmental Vehicle Repairers Association Limited (EVRA) nominate enthusiastic members to become environmental ambassadors. They, as trade practitioners, send out environmental protection messages to their fellow practitioners.

Upon receipt of public complaints on vehicle repair workshops, the Environmental Protection Department will follow up and investigate. For complaints on vehicle repair workshops which have joined the collaboration scheme, the Environmental Protection Department with the consent of the current workshops will ask either HKVRMA or EVRA to send out their environmental ambassadors to contact with the consent of the concern workshops. The ambassadors, as fellow trade practitioners, offer help and assistance to the workshops under complaint to improve pollution problems. The ambassadors will notify the Environmental Protection Department results of their follow-up actions.

 

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What are the contents of the "Guide to Environmental Protection for the Vehicle Repair Trade" ?

The contents of the "Guide to Environmental Protection for the Vehicle Repair Trade" are comprehensive, including an overview of environmental pollution issues commonly encountered by vehicle repair workshops, practical tips on reduction of environmental pollution, introduction to the partnership programme and its contents, procedures for applying environmental protection licences and permits, and so on.

The Guide also .includes an introduction to requirements of environmental protection legislation relevant to the vehicle repair trade so as to let trade practitioners have a full grasp of information and guidelines to enable them to improve the environment of their vehicle repair workshops and to reduce nuisance to nearby residents.

 

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Which types of vehicle repair workshops did the Environmental Protection Department intend to commend in the "Green Garage Election 2004" event?

Small and medium sized vehicle repair workshops.

 

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What kind of competition event was included in the "Green garage election 2004" event?

Students of the Department of Automotive Engineering of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Lee Wai Lee) and the Automobile Industry Training Centre of the Vocational Training Council were invited to participate in a "Green Garage Logo Design Competition".

 

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How many vehicle repair workshops are there in Hong Kong ?

About 2,000.

 

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What is the major type of vehicle repair workshops in Hong Kong ?

Small-sized vehicle repair workshops.

 

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Where are the appropriate locations for operating vehicle repair workshops ?

Inside industrial and commercial buildings

 

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How can the nuisance from vehicle repair workshops on others be minimized?

Select locations away from residential premises.

 

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Should you have other questions, please contact us.

For enquiries about the partnership programme.

Please visit in person to the "Compliance Assistance Centre" on 2/F., Chinachem Exchange Square,
1 Hoi Wan Street,
Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, or

hotline Phone "Compliance Assistance Hotline" (852) 2838-3111 press [5];
or
fax Fax to (852) 2838-3111;
or
email Email to greengarage@epd.gov.hk
(To help us reply you, you are cordially requested to leave your email address to us.)
 

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