The 3Rs slogan of "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle" has been at the heart of our efforts to educate the community about waste management. This catchy phrase has helped focus attention on the unsustainable levels of waste being generated in Hong Kong. Yet it leaves out a crucial overarching element, and that is "Responsibility". Hong Kong's landfills are rapidly running out of space while our waste loads continue to increase. The only way to solve this crisis is for everybody - consumers and  manufacturers alike - to urgently take responsibility for reducing waste.

The Waste Hierarchy Model
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Product Eco-responsibilityMSW Management Policy Framework

In December 2005, the Administration published “ A Policy Framework for the Management of Municipal Solid Waste (2005-2014)” (Policy Framework) setting out its strategy to tackle the imminent waste problem. Enshrining the principle of “ polluter pays” and the element of “ eco-responsibility” , producer responsibility scheme (PRS) is a key policy tool in the Policy Framework for waste reduction, recovery and recycling. The PRS concept requires manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, retailers and consumers to share the responsibility for the collection, recycling, treatment and disposal of end-of-life products with a view to avoiding and reducing the environmental impacts caused by such products at the post-consumer stage.


Product Eco-responsibility Ordinance

The Product Eco-responsibility Ordinance was passed by the Legislative Council on 10 July 2008 to provide the legislative framework for the implementation of PRS.  Environmental levy on plastic shopping bags will be the first PRS under the Ordinance.  The objective of the environmental levy is to provide an economic incentive for the community to reduce the indiscriminate use of plastic shopping bags.


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