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Rechargeable Battery Recycling Programme

Rechargeable Battery Recycling Programme
 
New MessageTo enhance the public awareness in the recycling of rechargeable batteries, 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 rechargeable batteries. Property management / representatives of housing estates and buildings interested to participate in the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Programme are welcome to call the Hotline to enquire for more information and register.
 

Introduction

 

RECYCLE! your rechargeable batteries

A lot of everyday products contain rechargeable batteries. And while it helps the environment to re-use batteries, the benefits don't extend to disposal.

Rechargeable batteries contain materials that can be hazardous to people and the environment. They also contain valuable materials that can be recovered for use in other products, such as magnetic alloy and stainless steel. The best solution is to recover the batteries and recycle them.

It's never been easier to recycle your batteries. The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Programme, run by the EPD, industry and green groups, has collection points all over Hong Kong. So when your rechargeable battery finally dies, don't throw it away. Recycle it! Find a collection point near you. 


Pilot Mobile Phone Battery Recycling Programme
The first battery recycling programme in Hong Kong began in April 2002 with the launch of the pilot Mobile Phone Battery Recycling Programme. This was funded and organised by mobile phone and battery manufacturers and supported by the telecommunications industry and the EPD, making it the first voluntary producer responsibility scheme in Hong Kong. The results showed that rechargeable battery recycling was technically feasible and cost-effective.
 
Mobile Phone Battery Recycling Programme has been extended to cover other rechargeable batteries
 
Rechargeable Battery Recycling Programme

The next step was to widen the programme to include other rechargeable batteries. A tri-partite Working Group was set up in early 2004 with members from industry (including producers, importers and retailers of rechargeable batteries and electrical/electronic equipment), the EPD and green groups. On 9 April 2005, the Working Group launched the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Programme.

This programme is also organised and funded by industry, making it another voluntary producer responsibility initiative. The EPD and four green groups, Friends of the Earth, Green Power, Environmental Association and World Green Organisation, provide technical and administrative support and promote the programme to the public. The Hong Kong Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Recycling Association is the programme manager.

A tri-partite Working Group includes members from industry, the EPD and green groups
In the first year 13 tonnes of battery waste were collected, or 320 000 rechargeable batteries. That represented about 5% of the total waste rechargeable batteries, a respectable result given that other countries achieve a 2% - 3% recovery rate. Of course, we want to do better. The Working Group is continuing to oversee the programme and will consider areas of improvement. Rechargeable Battery Recycling