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Fees and charges for the disposal of chemical waste at the Chemical Waste Treatment Centre (CWTC)

Background

 

In line with the polluter pays principle and in order to create an economic incentive for waste producers to practise waste minimisation, reuse and recycling, the Government has adopted a phased direct charging scheme for the disposal of chemical waste at the Chemical Waste Treatment Centre. The charging scheme was given effect through the enactment of the Waste Disposal (Charges for Disposal of Chemical Waste) Regulation, which came into force on 16 March 1995.

 

VOC recovery %

20

25

31

46.5

Effective date

15.3.1995

28.6.1996

27.6.1997

9.11.2007

Current charges

The Waste Disposal (Charges for Disposal of Chemical Waste) (Amendment) Regulation 2007 is effective since 9 November 2007, setting the charging rates to recover 46.5 percent of the variable operating cost (VOC). The government still bears 53.5 percent of the VOC as well as the fixed operating cost. Details of the current charges are summarised in the following table.

Enquiries

(1) For further information on the chemical waste charging scheme, please contact the Environmental Protection Department at 2872 1632.

(2) For information on the services of the Chemical Waste Treatment Centre, please contact Ecospace Limited's customer service hotline at 2434 6450.

 

 

 

Charge per 1000kg (HK$)

Code

Charging Item

Schedule 1

Schedule 2

01

Incineration of chemical waste

3,490

7,140

02

Additional charge for waste with a calorific value at or below 15GJ/tonne

225

485

03

Additional charge for waste with a halogen concentration under 30% by weight

70

150

04

Additional charge for waste with a halogen concentration 30% - 50% by weight

1,160

2,500

05

Additional charge for waste with a halogen concentration over 50% by weight

1,790

3,860

06

Additional charge for waste with a sulphur concentration under 20% by weight

61

130

07

Additional charge for waste with a sulphur concentration 20% - 40% by weight

900

1,940

08

Additional charge for waste with a sulphur concentration over 40% by weight

1,800

3,890

09

Additional charge for waste requiring special handling prior to incineration

3,220

6,950

10

Physical and chemical treatment of chemical waste

1,130

2,070

11

Additional charge for waste with a chromium concentration under 20% by weight

450

970

12

Additional charge for waste with a chromium concentration 20% - 40% by weight

9,380

20,250

13

Additional charge for waste with a chromium concentration over 40% by weight

26,250

56,650

14

Additional charge for waste with an ammonia concentration under 20% by weight

1,350

2,910

15

Additional charge for waste with an ammonia concentration 20% - 40% by weight

11,250

24,300

16

Additional charge for waste with an ammonia concentration over 40% by weight

26,250

56,650

17

Additional charge for waste requiring special handling prior to physical/chemical treatment

3,220

6,950

18

Oil/Water separation of chemical waste

800

1,360

effective from 9 November 2007

Schedule 1 : Charges for disposal of chemical waste other than special chemical waste

Schedule 2: Charges for disposal of special chemical waste set to recover 100% VOC

 

MARPOL Waste handled by the Chemical Waste Treatment Centre (CWTC)

Background

Under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973 as amended by the 1978 Protocol (MARPOL Convention), port administrations are required to ensure that adequate reception service are available for MARPOL Annex I and II wastes. Annex I waste is defined as liquid oil waste or any other mixtures which contain oil. Annex II waste is defined as noxious liquid substance or any other mixtures which contain residue of any noxious liquid substance. The Chemical Waste Treatment Centre is the reception facility for Hong Kong.

The Government has adopted a phased direct charging scheme for the collection and disposal of MARPOL waste at the Chemical Waste Treatment Centre. The charging scheme was given effect through the enactment of the Merchant Shipping (Prevention and Control of Pollution) (Charges for Discharge of Polluting Waste) Regulation, which came into force on 1 August 1995.

 

VOC recovery %

20

25

31

54

 66

Effective date

1.8.1995

20.12.1996

16.1.1998

31.3.2006

1.7.2008

 

 

Current charges

The Merchant Shipping (Prevention and Control of Pollution) (Charges for Discharge of Polluting Waste) (Amendment) Regulation 2008 is effective since 1 July 2008, setting the charging rates to recover 66 percent of the variable operating cost (VOC). The government still bears 34 percent of the VOC as well as the fixed operating cost. Details of the current charges are summarised in the following table.

 

Item

Particular

Amount (HK$)

1.

Collection charge (for each cubic metre or part thereof) -

 

  (a) for all types of polluting waste other than sludge

675

  (b) for sludge

2,540

2.

Disposal charge (for each cubic metre or part thereof) - For each type of polluting waste -  
  (a) liquid oil waste or any other mixtures which contain oil

840

  (b) noxious liquid substance or any other mixtures which contain residue of any noxious liquid substance

1,320

  (c) sludge

9,230

 

Enquiries

(1) For further information on the MARPOL waste charging scheme, please contact Marine Department at 2852 4450 or Environmental Protection Department at 2872 1632.

(2) For information on MARPOL waste disposal service of the Chemical Waste Treatment Centre, please contact Ecospace Limited's customer service hotline at 2434 6450.

 

 

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