Legislation and Guidelines

Waste Disposal Ordinance

The Waste Disposal Ordinance (Cap 354) enacted in 1980 is the principal law for the environmentally sound management of waste collection and disposal. It controls the handling and disposal of livestock waste and chemical waste, the import and export of wastes (including the implementation of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal) and the licensing of waste collection services and waste disposal facilities. Its subsidiary legislation, the Waste Disposal (Chemical Waste) (General) Regulation (Cap 354C), controls, through licensing requirements, the packaging, labelling, storage, collection and disposal (including treatment, reprocessing and recycling) of chemical waste, and the registration of chemical waste producers. Chemical waste is defined under Cap 354C in a schedule of specific substances and chemicals based on their potential risks to human health and/or pollution to the environment. Cap 354 also controls the disposal of chemical wastes containing PCBs and unintentionally produced POPs.

Details of Cap 354 and its subsidiary regulations can be found at the "Hong Kong e-Legislation" website of the Department of Justice.


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