Glass Bottle Recycling Programmes for Housing Estates
The Government has been encouraging the community to participate in source separation of waste to minimize waste disposal and promote resources recovery. To enhance the public participation in glass bottle recycling, in December 2010, the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) joined hand with the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HKHA) to first launch a Pilot Programme on Source Separation of Glass Bottles at public rental housing (PRH) estates in East Kowloon to provide direct glass bottle collection services for the residents therein and try out the logistics arrangement for the collection services in residential housing settings. To further expand the recycling network for glass bottle effectively, the EPD has been liaising with the property management companies to solicit their support for setting up glass bottle collection points in private housing estates and rolled out recycling programmes progressively to enable more public to join glass bottle recycling.
Programme on Source Separation of Glass Bottles at Public Rental Housing Estates
The Programme on Source Separation of Glass Bottles is co-organized by the EPD and HKHA to provide glass bottle recycling services to residents in PRH estates.
To facilitate residents to separate their glass bottles for recycling as part of their daily waste disposal practice, the HKHA has installed light green glass bottle recycling bins alongside the existing 3-coloured waste separation bins in the lobbies or near the entrances of each residential block in the participating housing estates for collection of glass bottles.
The glass bottles collected from the participating estates will be recycled into glass sand, replacing natural river sand for production of paving blocks or other suitable construction materials for use in Public Works Projects.
The programme was first launched in December 2010 at 6 selected PRH estates in East Kowloon. Since then, the programme have been expanded progressively to all 18 districts in Hong Kong (except for a few on the outlying islands) covering a total of 168 PRH estates. Please see the list below for more details.
List of public rental housing estates with glass bottle collection services
Glass Bottle Recycling Programmes for General Housing Estates
To enable a wider public participation in glass bottle recycling paving way for implementation of the Mandatory Producer Responsibility Scheme on Glass Beverage Containers, the EPD has been actively seeking expansion of the glass bottle collection network in the community. With the support of property management sector, the EPD has been expediting the work on setting up more glass bottle collection points in private housing estates since December 2013. So far, some 950 housing estates over the territories have joined glass bottle recycling. More details of the recycling programme are available at our dedicated website.
In addition to the above, there are a number of voluntary glass bottle recycling programmes operated by non-governmental organizations (e.g. Hong Chi Association) with funding support from the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) or charities which would also provide glass bottle collection services to general housing estates. Together, there are more than 1,200 housing estates with glass bottle collection services. Those housing estates with glass recycling services are given in the list below. Residents may approach their property management offices for more details of the recycling services.
List of general housing estates with glass bottle collection services
How to participate
Housing estates interested to join the programme may contact the EPD through their property management offices (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Short Video on Glass Bottle Recycling
Public Glass Bottle Collection Points
Beside the public and private housing estates, there are many single-block buildings scattering over the territories, in particular in some old districts. Due to space constraint, majority of these buildings are unable to accommodate the glass bottle collection bin. To facilitate these residents to recycle their glass bottles, the EPD has been proactively liaising with other departments including Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) to set up public glass bottle collection points at suitable government facilities in various districts in Hong Kong to allow general public to bring their glass bottles to these points and drop in for recycling.
Collection Points at Government Facilities
Currently, there are over 70 government facilities with public glass bottle collection points including sport centres, city halls, parks, etc in different districts. The EPD will provide regular collection services to these public collection points and deliver the waste glass bottles to local recyclers for production of eco-pavers or other construction materials for use in public works projects, thereby turning waste into useful resources and helping to alleviate the pressure on landfills.
List of government facilities with glass bottle collection services
Collection Points on Outlying Islands
In collaboration with the FEHD, EPD launched the Pilot Community Recycling Programme in Islands District in March 2013 to provide collection services for glass bottles as well as used electrical appliances to outlying islands. Under the programme, public collection points are set up in Cheung Chau, Peng Chau, Yung Shue Wan, Sok Kwu Wan and Mui Wo to facilitate and encourage the residents of the outlying islands to participate in glass bottle recycling.
Other Useful Links to Glass Bottle Recycling
The Government has been supporting various voluntary recycling programmes to set up glass bottle collection points in local districts. Please visit the following websites for more details.
"Clink, Drink then Recycle" organized by EPD
"Glass Container Recycling Programme for The Hotel Sector" organized by EPD and the Hong Kong Hotels Association
"Hong Chi Jockey Club Glass Bottle Recycling Project" organized by Hong Chi Association
"Green Glass Green" organized by the Hong Kong Dumper Truck Drivers Association
"All Citizens In Glass Recycling" organized by Shatin Inhabitants Association
"Glass Recycling for a Greener Tomorrow" organized by 2gather
"Green Glass More and More" organized by Friends of Tuen Mun
Public Glass Bottle Collection Points by NGOs
List of Glass Collectors/Recyclers
Application of Glass Bottle Recycling Bin for Residential Buildings and Commercial and Industrial (C & I) Buildings provided by Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC)