Computer and Communication Products Recycling Programme
To enhance the public awareness in the recycling of computers and communication products, EPD has launched a Helpdesk with Hotline (5575 4068) with effective from 1 March 2017. Service Hours: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm, Monday to Friday. We commissioned Business Environment Council to operate the Hotline and help the public if they would like to recycle computers and communication products. Property management / representatives of housing estates and buildings interested to participate in the Computer and Communication Products Recycling Programme are welcome to call the Hotline to enquire for more information and register.
AVOID and REDUCE computer waste
It is estimated that there are over 6 million computers and computer accessories in use in Hong Kong and about one fifth of them are replaced each year. Although most of the discarded computers and their accessories are recycled/reused through the second-hand market, a small fraction still end up in landfills.
Computer equipment contains materials that can be harmful to people and the environment. You can help avoid generating computer waste by not causally or frequently replace your computer. If replacement is necessary, your used computer should be reused and recycled as far as possible. Computers contain components and materials that can be recovered, such as metals and plastics, and some old computers can be repaired and put to second-hand use.
To reduce the quantity of waste computers and computer accessories disposed of at landfills, the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) launched a pilot recovery programme in January 2003. The programme has been well-received by the public and nearly 150,000 waste computers and computer accessories have been recovered and processed. This pilot programme became the basis for the Computer Recycling Programme, which was launched in January 2008.
The Computer Recycling 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.
Recycling your used computerhas never been easier. The Computer & Communication Products Recycling Programme is fully funded by the industry and supported by the EPD and the green groups, and it provides collection services all over Hong Kong. You can make a difference to the environment and to people in need. Think twice before you discard your old computers. Find a collection point near you .
About the Computer and Communication Products Recycling Programme
The Computer & Communication Products Recycling Programme (CCRP) is a voluntary Producer Responsibility Scheme. It has been set up and funded by the computer trade to provide a mean for the public to manage their used computer equipment and communication products in an environmentally sound manner. Another goal of the CCRP is to raise public awareness of the need to reduce, re-use and recycle computer and communication products.
The CCRP's operations are steered by a Programme Committee comprising representatives from participating computer equipment suppliers (see Participating Organisations) and the Chamber of the Hong Kong Computer Industry. There are also honorary members, including representatives from four green groups (Friends of the Earth, Green Power, Environmental Association and World Green Organisation). The Environmental Protection Department acts as the Programme's advisor and helps promote the CCRP to the public.
The CCRP collects used computers and computer parts for refurbishment and recycling. The CCRP has lined up a charitable organisation, Caritas (Hong Kong) to help refurbish computers that are still in working condition and donate them to the needy, and appointed a commercial recycler to dismantle the remaining used computers and recover useful parts and materials.