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Past Programmes

 

This is an archive page for the past waste reduction programmes held by EPD.  For existing programmes, please visit here

Introduction

Over the years, EPD had held various Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) collection or recycling programmes to encourage e-waste reduction at source, and enhance reuse and recovery of resources.  Also, EPD have accumulated practical experiences through various WEEE collection or recycling programmes for preparation of WPRS.  Following the full implementation of WPRS in 2018, as well as the commencement of operation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Treatment and Recycling Facility (WEEE·PARK), which was developed to underpin the WPRS, in October 2017; the following WEEE collection or recycling programmes concluded successfully.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Recycling Programme

In January 2003, EPD commissioned Caritas Hong Kong and St James' Settlement to launch territory-wide pilot programmes on the collection and recycling of WEEE respectively.  The pilot programmes were well received by the public and more than 40,000 waste computers and electrical and electronic units were recovered and processed each year.  The electrical and electronic units collected which were in working order had been handed over to designated charitable organizations for refurbishment and donation to the needy, while the malfunctioning units were dismantled by the appointed recyclers to recover the useful parts and materials.

EPD set up a regional collection centre for electrical and electronic appliances at the Kowloon Bay Waste Recycling Centre (formerly Kowloon Bay Transfer Station) in the fourth quarter of 2005 to facilitate the overall source separating and recycling programme at that time.  Consequently, the recycling process was relocated to the Kowloon Bay Waste Recycling Centre starting in 2005.

In October 2010, St James' Settlement was granted funding support from the Environment and Conservation Fund to implement the WEEE GO GREEN programme to enhance the service and moved from the Kowloon Bay Waste Recycling Centre to a larger recycling workshop at the EcoPark WEEE Recycling Centre.  This programme focused on recycling major designated items, including television sets, refrigerators, washing machines, video or audio equipment, microwave ovens, fans, water heaters, rice cookers, air-conditioners, heaters, electronic games and mobile phones.  Other general home electrical appliances were also collected to recycle.  By the time the programme ended in October 2016, the different types of WEEE collected through the WEEE GO GREEN programme amounted to about 1,600 tonnes in total, all of which have been refurbished and donated, reused or dismantled and recycled.  It is estimated that the programme had donated over 25,000 pieces of refurbished equipment to some 7,800 needy families.

On the other hand, the pilot programme run by Caritas Hong Kong was well-received by the public and nearly 150,000 waste computers and computer accessories were recovered and processed. This pilot programme ended in December 2017 and was  served as the basis for the Computer Recycling Programme, which was launched in January 2008 and later on renamed as Computer & Communication Products Recycling Programme in October 2015, and extended further to cover the general communication products.

Schools Recycle WEEE

In new school year, many students and schools will replace their computer equipment as required. To facilitate proper recycling of the retired equipment and to promote the culture of “Use Less, Waste Less”, EPD organised in 2013 the “WEEE Recycle at Schools” programme for three consecutive years, inviting all primary and secondary schools to join.  The service has been taken over by WEEE·PARK operator or other contractors gradually since 2016.

Chinese New Year WEEE Recycling Collection Service

EPD had been organizing the Chinese New Year WEEE Recycling Collection Service for 10 consecutive years between 2007 and 2017 to help the local communities to properly recycle their WEEE, computers, rechargeable batteries, fluorescent lamps and tubes intended for disposal.  The collected items were repaired and refurbished by recognised recycling programmes and then donated to the needy. Some items would be dismantled so that reusable components and materials can be recovered.  The recycling organization includes St James' Settlement, Caritas Hong Kong, Hong Kong WEEE Recycling Association, Community Green Stations, and WEEE·PARK.

Press Releases

Progressive implementation of producer responsibility scheme to boost e-waste recycling (2016.08.04)
http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201608/04/P2016080400285.htm

EPD recovers 75 tonnes of used computers and electrical appliances in schools (2015.11.29)
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201511/29/P201511270734.htm

Schools Recycle WEEE programme invites enrolment (2015.09.03)
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201509/03/P201509020861.htm

EPD prepares for implementation of Producer Responsibility Scheme on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (2015.03.01)
http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201503/01/P201502270900.htm

600 housing estates join year-end WEEE recycling programme to help residents go green (2015.01.25)
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201501/25/P201501230875.htm

Joint efforts of EPD and schools promote proper WEEE recycling at schools (2014.11.16)
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201411/16/P201411140845.htm

Year-end recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment helps people in need (2014.02.04)
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201402/04/P201401300527.htm

More than 5500 pieces of waste electrical and electronic equipment collected in "Schools Recycle WEEE" programme (2013.11.10)
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201311/10/P201311080601.htm

EPD and schools collaborate in recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (2013.10.13)
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201310/13/P201310110520.htm

SEN and LegCo Members visit local waste management facilities (2013.05.11)
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201305/11/P201305110531.htm

Electrical appliances re-energised (2013.02.17)
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201302/17/P201302150452.htm

Year-end recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment to help families in need (2013.01.29)
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201301/29/P201301290470.htm

SEN inspects EcoPark's waste recycling facilities in Tuen Mun (2012.08.29)
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201208/29/P201208290576.htm

EPD organises lunar year-end recycling campaign for used computers and home appliances (2011.01.27)
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201101/27/P201101260272.htm