WEEE is "waste electrical and electronic equipment". It includes all types of household electrical and electronic appliances such as computers, air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators, televisions, audio-visual equipment, rice cookers, electric kettles etc.
Each year, about 70,000 tonnes of WEEE are generated in Hong Kong. Some of the WEEE items are still in good operating condition and could be put to second-hand use. Many items contain components and materials which can be recovered for reuse and recycling. Indeed, most WEEE items are collected by recyclers and recycled, though some still end up in landfills, taking up valuable landfill space. Since many WEEE items contain harmful substances, improper handling may also pose potential risk to the environment.
2008 WEEE Recycling Days
Riding on last year's success, the Environmental Protection Department will organize the WEEE Recycling Days again. Members of the public are encouraged to bring their used electrical appliances and computers to designated collection points for recycling.
Details of 2008 WEEE Recycling Days
19 January 2008 (Saturday) & 20 January 2008 (Sunday)
To raise public awareness about the need to reuse and recycle waste computers and electrical and electronic appliances
WEEE recycling activities at district level and in housing estates
The general public
2008 WEEE Recycling Days – Encouraging support
This year, we obtained good support from the public during the "WEEE Recycling Days" held on 19 & 20 January. 414 housing estates and 38 community centres, schools participated in the event, providing a total of 452 collection centres covering 18 districts. The result was very encouraging : some 140 tonnes or 20,000 pieces of used computers and electrical appliances were collected. The used items were transported to the Kowloon Bay Waste Recycling Centre (KBWRC) for further sorting and reprocessing.
Collection centres were set up at 18 districts
Collected electrical appliances and computers were delivered to the Kowloon Bay Waste Recycling Centre
Used Computers, printers, monitors, audio equipment and television sets were the more common items collected during the WEEE Days. To show our appreciation, a certificate will be presented to the outstanding performers that collect the greatest quantity of WEEE items. The list of the outstanding performers is as follows:
Outstanding performer with highest collected quantity of WEEEs
Public Collection Point
People's Food Bank, St. James' Settlement (Central & Western District)
Private Estate (Open to Public)
Riviera Gardens (Tsuen Wan)
Private Estate (Not Open to Public)
Amoy Gardens (Kwun Tong)
Housing Authority’s estate
Shun On Estate (Kwun Tong)
Housing Society’s estate
Cronin Garden (Sham Shui Po)
Items to be collected
television sets, refrigerators, washers & dryers, air-conditioners, audio-visual equipment, rice cookers, electric kettles, electric food processors, microwave ovens, heaters, fans, hair dryers, telecommunications equipment, electronic toys & game sets, chargers, etc.
computers, computer parts (hard drives, CD-ROM/DVD drives, PC boards), monitors, printers, scanners, computer mouse, keyboards, speakers, transformers etc.
ink & toner cartridges, VCD, CD, DVD, video tapes, dry rechargeable batteries, etc.
Where do the collected WEEE items go?
Household electrical and electronic appliances
The waste electrical and electronic equipment collected on 2008 WEEE Recycling Days will be sent to the recycling workshop operated by a charitable organization, St. James' Settlement, at the Kowloon Bay Waste Recycling Centre (KBWRC). Staff of St. James' Settlement will inspect, repair or dismantle the collected items. Repaired appliances will be donated to the needy, while the useable components and materials will be recovered from the equipment that is beyond repair for reuse or recycling.
The collected computer equipment will be handled by the Computer Recycling Programme (CRP), which will be launched on 12 January 2008. The CRP is a community-wide programme organized and funded by the computer trade to promote the reuse, recovery and recycling of waste computer equipment. EPD will serve as the CRP's Programme Advisor by providing advice and support to the Programme and promoting the CRP to the public. The CRP will donate the better quality computer equipment collected to the needy, while the remaining equipment will be dismantled to recover and recycle the useable components.