Municipal Solid Waste Charging

Although the implementation date has been further delayed, most people are still thinking more about waste reduction. Once implemented, all residents and businesses will need to purchase designated bags to dispose of their rubbish in. The best way is to reduce waste is to create less waste in the first place. Simple tips are to avoid buying things with unnecessary packaging; choose to buy package free whenever possible; avoid take-aways or bring your own container; try to repair first before replacing; sell or give-away good quality items you no longer need, etc.

 

No matter how diligent you are, it is impossible to avoid all waste

By recycling more, and composting your food waste, you can also reduce the waste you need to dispose of in the designated rubbish bags. But not all residential buildings offer a wide range of recycling and food waste composting.

 

 How can you compost your food waste if you don’t have bins in your building?

1. Find the government’s ‘Smart Food Waste Recycling Programme’ bin locations here. These are usually located outside of public housing estates so easy access for everyone.

2. Find the government’s ‘Food Waste Recycling Spots’ which are currently located in at least 13 districts here. They are targeting restaurants but residents can use them too!

3. ECPAL has food waste collection bins across Hong Kong Island that you can access for a small monthly fee. Find out more here.

 

Template letters for communicating with your property management office on issues relating to waste and recycling

If any of the following challenges apply to your residential building, you can use our template letters or feel free to modify them or create your own to push for change with your property management company.

1. There are recycling bins available in the building, but only plastic bottles are accepted in the plastic bin (no other plastic packaging).

2. There is no food waste composting collection offered.

3. The property management company is considering offering a certain number of the designated rubbish bags to residents and charging a set amount as part of the management fees. This does not align with the polluter pays principle and will not encourage people to reduce their waste or recycle more as there is no direct relationship between when they dispose of and the cost to them.

All Plastics
Template Letter

Food Waste Collection Template Letter

Designated Bags
Template Letter

Did You Know?

 

Legislation was implemented on April 22, 2024 banning many single-use plastic items, including straws, cutlery, polystyrene food and drink containers, cotton buds, balloon sticks, glow sticks and more. In addition, restaurants are no longer allowed to serve food in single-use plastic containers for dine in, and hotels can’t give away single-plastic items for free such as waste bottles and small bathroom amenities.