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Control on import and export of mercury to start on 1 November 2020

In order to effectively fulfill the requirements of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, import and export of mercury will be subject to license control under the Import and Export (General) Regulations starting from 1 November 2020.  Please visit EPD’s relevant webpage for more information.

EV-charging at Home Subsidy Scheme

To promote installation of electric vehicle charging-enabling infrastructure in car parks of existing private residential buildings, the Environment Protection Department has launched the EV-charging at Home Subsidy Scheme (“EHSS”). For details, please visit the website of EHSS.

Regional Air Quality Monitoring results for 2019

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Pearl River Delta Regional Air Quality Monitoring Network released a report on the 2019 monitoring results on 30 July 2020.

Graduates Subsidy Programme

Subsidise 2019 or 2020 graduates to join the environmental protection profession. More than 200 places are reserved, with both employment and nurturing opportunities. For details, please click here.

Laundry Trade Anti-epidemic Subsidy Scheme

To provide relief to the laundry trade affected by the epidemic, the Government launches the " Laundry Trade Anti-epidemic Subsidy Scheme".

2019 Beach Water Quality Report published today (1 April 2020)

The water quality of all gazetted beaches in Hong Kong has achieved the required standard for bathing waters for ten consecutive years since 2010. As reported in the 2019 Beach Water Quality Report, this achievement is brought about through years of efforts to implement pollution abatement measures.  The report can be viewed at the EPD website.

2018 Reports on Marine and River Water Quality in Hong Kong Published

The reports provide an overview of the state of Hong Kong's marine waters and rivers in 2018.  For details on marine water quality please see the 2018 marine report. For details on water quality of rivers please see the 2018 river report.

2017 Hong Kong Emission Inventory

The Environmental Protection Department published the 2017 Hong Kong Emission Inventory Report on 27 June 2019 which analyzed the quantity of local air pollutant emissions and their major emission sources, and would help formulate an effective air quality management strategy in Hong Kong.

Waste Disposal (Charging for Municipal Solid Waste) (Amendment) Bill 2018

The Waste Disposal (Charging for Municipal Solid Waste) (Amendment) Bill 2018 has been introduced into the Legislative Council on November 14.  The Bill proposes to implement municipal solid waste charging based on the "polluter-pays" principle.   Details can be referred to the press release and the MSW charging website.

Implementation of the WPRS

EPD issued a press release on 27 July to further remind members of the public and the trade that the Producer Responsibility Scheme on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WPRS) will be implemented on 1 August 2018.  Please click here for the full text of the press release.  A set of frequently asked questions and answers has been set out in the Annex.

 

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