How to Join the Programme on Source Separation of Domestic Waste
Any housing estate or residential building can join this Programme by having the property management company, Incorporated Owners' Committee or Owners' Committee do the following:
Step 1: Submit Application
Complete and fax the Application Form to the Waste Reduction and Recycling Group of Environmental Protection Department (Fax No.:3168 1373).
Step 2: 'Tailor-made' Waste Separation Mode
Decide on the most suitable waste separation mode, depending on the physical setting and characteristics of each building (e.g. whether there is a refuse room on each floor).
Application can be made to the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) for partial reimbursement of the cost of setting up waste separation facilities. A limit of 50% of the total actual expenditure spent on approved waste separation facilities on each building floor, not exceeding a limit of HK$1000 per building floor, will be reimbursed. Further details can be found in the Application form and the Guide to Application, which describe the basic requirements and responsibilities of the recipient organisation. Upon approval of the application, the housing estate / building should install the waste separation facilities and submit a Notification Form to the Waste Reduction and Recycling Group of Environmental Protection Department (Fax No.:3168 1373). Reimbursement will then be paid out.
In addition, housing estates / buildings can apply for free waste separation facilities for placement on the ground floor of each building block or commonly accessible areas via the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC)’s Promotion Programme on Source Separation of Waste. Details of the application can be clicked here.
Residents can also set up their own waste separation facilities in their homes.
Step 4: Educate Residents
Organise education and promotion activities at your housing estate / building to encourage residents to recycle. Participants are encouraged to design and produce their own education and promotion materials tailor-made to the waste separation system that they have adopted. Standard education and promotion materials and other education and promotion support are also provided by the Waste Reduction and Recycling Group of Environmental Protection Department. Electronic copies of the standard Poster and Leaflet can be downloaded here.
Step 5: Collect Recyclables
Collect recyclables on a regular basis and keep the recyclables collection point in a hygienic condition. Arrange for the collection of waste paper, metals and plastics by a waste recycler(s). Periodic collections should also be organised for other types of reusable or recyclable items, such as clothing, waste electrical & electronic equipment, computers, and etc.
Step 6: Submit Monthly Record
Log the quantities of paper, metals, plastics and other reusables / recyclables collected and submit theMonthly Record Sheet to the Waste Reduction and Recycling Group of Environmental Protection Department (Fax No.: 3168 1373). Estates / buildings can also input and submit their monthly recyclable statistics via the website of the Source Separation Programme. This data is fed into the Commendation Scheme on Source Separation of Domestic Waste and will be used to determine the winners of the Commendation Scheme.
Additionally, participants are advised to record their baseline waste data before commencing the Programme, to track the Programme's effectiveness. This should include such information as monthly quantities of recyclables collected and the number of refuse bins emptied each day.