This page is to show the previous activities regarding the Computer Recycling Programme.
Please click here to visit the webpage of the current Programme.
History of Computer Recycling Initiatives in Hong Kong
The EPD has been actively promoting the recovery and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). We engaged Caritas (Hong Kong) to organise a Trial Recovery Programme for used Computers in 2003. Over the following four years, the trial programme processed about 30,000 computers annually and had 10 collection points, a door-to-door collection service and a collection programme at housing estates. The computers were refurbished and donated to the needy, or dismantled to recover the recyclable and re-usable parts. The recycling operation was relocated to the Kowloon Bay Refuse Transfer Station in 2005, which was converted into a Waste Recycling Centre.
Alongside this ongoing programme, the EPD organised a territory-wide WEEE Recycling Day in late 2005, which has become an annual event in which the general public is invited to bring their WEEE, including computers, to various collection points throughout the territory.
In 2007, EPD reached consensus with the computer trade to establish a territory-wide trade-funded Computer Recycling Programme. Hong Kong also has a thriving second hand market for used computers. As a non-profit making initiative to promote environmentally sound management of used computer equipment, the Programme does not pay for used computers, nor does it charge for the computers it donates to the needy.
The trial programme became the basis for the Computer Recycling Programme, which was launched in January 2008 and the Programme has been renamed as Computer & Communication Products Recycling Programme in October 2015. With the extension of the programme, general communication products can also be recycled.
Hong Kong's leading computer suppliers have joined the Computer & Communication Products Recycling Programme. They contribute funds to support computer recycling and to provide collection services to housing estates and commercial and industrial buildings. The Chamber of Hong Kong Computer Industry, Hong Kong Association of Property Management Companies, Housing Authority, Hong Kong Housing Society, Hong Kong Productivity Council, Business Environment Council and four green groups (Friends of the Earth, Green Power, Tai Po Environmental Association and World Green Organisation) serve as supporting organisations.
Past Events and Activities
Environmentally Friendly Tips on Computer Use
In collaboration with the Chamber of the Hong Kong Computer Industry, the EPD has produced a series of Chinese-language videos on aspects relating to the Computer Recycling Programme, using old computers as Network-Attached Storage (NAS), installing e-SATA Connector, computer clean-up, choosing proper RAM for new operating system, proper method of disconnecting USB devices, maintenance of CD-ROM drive, reuse of speakers, reuse of harddisk and better utilization of memory.
Computer waste is not the only environmental issue related to computers. Energy use is also an important concern. The following measures can minimise your impacts:
• Turn your computer off. Computers are designed to withstand frequent shutdown
– this will not shorten their life. Turn off your computer when you will be
away from it for awhile, eg lunch hour or at night, and help to save energy.
• Find the power management function on your computer and enable it. This
puts the computer to "sleep" in low-power mode when it has not been used for a
certain time interval, such as 10 minutes or 20 minutes. This helps to save energy.
• Don't use a screen saver. It consumes extra energy when the computer is not in
• Limit printing to essentials only. This saves on energy, as well as the consumption
of paper and ink.
保綠公民夏日樂繽紛2017暨環保回收量發佈會 (28 Aug 2017)
數碼創作樂繽紛暨環保回收量發佈會 (22 Aug 2016)
10th Anniversary Ceremony for Recycling Programmes under
Voluntary Producer Responsibility Scheme (24 Aug 2015)