The legislation for the Construction Waste Disposal Charging
Scheme (Charging Scheme) was enacted in January 2005.
Construction waste means any substance,
matter or thing that is generated from construction work and abandoned, whether
or not it has been processed or stockpiled before being abandoned, but does not
include any sludge, screenings or matter removed in or generated from any desludging,
desilting or dredging works.
Construction waste producers, such as construction
contractors, renovation contractors or premises owners, prior to using government
waste disposal facilities, need to open a billing account with the Environmental
Protection Department and pay for the construction waste disposal charge.
Through the Charging Scheme, construction waste producers are encouraged
to reduce, sort and recycle construction waste so that their disposal costs can
be minimised and our valuable landfill space can be preserved.
The Charging Scheme has come into
operation on 1 December 2005. Processing
of account applications by the Environmental Protection Department has started
on the same day.
Starting from 1 December
2005, main contractor who undertakes construction work under a contract
with value of $1 million or above is required to open a billing account solely
for the contract. Application shall be made within 21 days after the contract
is awarded. Failing this will be an offence under the law.
work under a contract with value less than $1 million, such as minor construction
or renovation work, any person such as the owner of the premises where the construction
work takes place or his/her contractor can open a billing account; the account
can also be used for contracts each with value less than $1 million. The premises
owner concerned may also engage a contractor with a valid billing account to make
arrangement for disposal of construction waste.
Charging for disposal
of construction waste has started on 20 January
2006 and from this day, any person before using waste disposal facilities
for disposal of construction waste needs to open an account.
Containing more than 50% by weight of inert construction waste++
Containing not more than 50% by weight of inert construction
Islands Transfer Facilities@
Containing any percentage of inert construction waste++
for the Outlying Islands Transfer Facilities, the minimum charge load is 1 tonne,
i.e. if a load of waste weighs 1 tonne or less, it will be charged as 1 tonne.
A load of waste weighing more than 1 tonne will be charged at 0.1 tonne increment.
For Outlying Islands Transfer Facilities, the charge is $20 per 0.1 tonne and
the minimum charge load is 0.1 tonne.
construction waste means rock, rubble, boulder, earth, soil, sand, concrete, asphalt,
brick, tile, masonry or used bentonite.
a load of waste contains construction waste and other waste, that load will be
regarded as consisting entirely of construction waste for the purpose of calculating
the applicable charge.
The current criteria to determine
the type of construction waste to be accepted at government construction waste
disposal facilities have been posted on the Gazette
Notice G.N. 4278 published on 9 July 2010. Here is a series of publicity programmes
for the trade to familiarize with the criteria:
Publicity programmes for
the waste acceptance criteria (took effect on 29 December 2010)
leaflets (Chinese version only)
distributed to public works departments, trade associations and construction waste disposal
Demonstration video on the current operational
arrangement (Only Chinese Version).
Transaction Records of Construction
Waste Disposal at Government Waste Disposal Facilities
With due consideration to increase the transparency of C&D waste transaction records, overall operational efficiency of the Construction Waste
Disposal Charging Scheme, transportation and disposal of construction waste, the
waste transaction records for 14-day period are provided for account-holders'
use. With the provision of these records, account-holders may consider the need
to obtain the information through the waste disposal facilities.
With the permission of Transport Department, the permitted gross vehicle
weight (PGVW) of vehicles that have delivered construction waste to Government
Waste Disposal Facilities are provided below for account-holders' reference.
including company account holders and individual account holders consenting to disclose their information
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