|The Programme on Source Separation of Domestic Waste (the Programme) was launched territory-wide in 2005 to encourage more people to separate their waste for recycling. It began on a trial basis in 13 housing estates in Eastern District in 2004, and it proved to be successful. Some of the participating housing estates more than doubled the quantity of recyclables they recovered. They also earned additional income from selling recyclable materials which can be used to subsidise management expenses.|
The rationale behind the Programme is straightforward. Landfills are running out of space so we need to reduce our wasteloads. By getting people to separate their waste for recycling, it will help to minimise the amount of waste requiring disposal.
Together with the waste reduction and recycling measures set out in the “Waste Blueprint for Hong Kong 2035 ” published in February 2021, our medium-term goal is to gradually reduce the per capita MSW disposal rate by 40-45% and raise the recovery rate to about 55% by implementing Municipal Solid Waste Charging.