Hong Kong's geographical location and free port status have made it a major entry point for the Asia-Pacific region. Huge volume of cargoes including waste materials pass through Hong Kong every day.
To safeguard the community against health or environmental damages arising from illegal shipment of hazardous or non-recyclable wastes, and to fulfill our international obligations under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, a comprehensive legal framework was put into operation in September 1996 to control waste shipments. The import and export of hazardous or non-recyclable waste without prior permission of the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (EPD) is an offence under the law. The same control will be extended to cover the import and export of regulated e-waste (viz. air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, computers, printers, scanners and monitors) from 31 December 2018.