Control on Import and Export of Waste
The Control Scheme
What kinds of shipments are controlled?
All waste import and export activities are subject to control under the Waste Disposal Ordinance since 1996.
Apart from importing or exporting uncontaminated waste of a kind specified in the 6th Schedule for the purpose of a reprocessing, recycling or recovery operation or the reuse of the waste, import or export of any other waste (including those of a kind specified in the 7th Schedule, not specified in the 6th Schedule nor the 7th Schedule, e-waste, or container waste) requires a valid permit issued in accordance with the WDO by EPD.
Furthermore, EPD has enhanced the import and export control on waste plastic and waste paper. Anyone who wish to import, export or re-export waste plastic or waste paper into/out of /via Hong Kong must obtain a permit or consent and / or submit declaration form and relevant documents to EPD for record in advance. For details, please refer to the relevant guidelines on the enhanced control on waste plastics and waste paper.