Background

The Producer Responsibility Scheme on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WPRS) covering the regulated electrical equipment (REE) (i.e. air-conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, computers, printers, scanners and monitors) is now fully implemented. The WPRS provides a convenient means for recycling and also facilitates the proper treatment of abandoned REE, turning waste into resources.

Recycle Right
Purchasing REE

Consumers, as users of REE, should assist in the proper recycling of waste equipment, promoting “waste-to-resources” and minimising the associated environmental impact.

Apply for Endorsement of Removal Service Plan
Arrange Removal Service

Sellers of REE must have a removal service plan endorsed by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD), and arrange free removal service for consumers to dispose of the old equipment according to the plan.

Apply to be Registered Suppliers
Pay Recycling Levy
Submit Returns and Audit Reports

Suppliers of REE are required to register with EPD as registered suppliers and pay a recycling levy for REE distributed and uses in Hong Kong.

Disposal and Import/Export Control 

A waste disposal licence is required for the storage, treatment, reprocessing or recycling of abandoned REE (e-waste) whereas a permit is required for the import or export of e-waste.

Starting from 1 July 2024 Two New Arrangements on the Producer Responsibility Scheme on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

 
(1)
To cover 4 new types of regulated electrical equipment (REE):
i.refrigerators with rated storage volume up to 900 litres;
ii.washing machines with rated washing capacity up to 15 kg;
iii.stand-alone tumble dryers;
iv.dehumidifiers
 
(2)
To remove the requirements in relation to the provision of recycling labels in the distribution of regulated electrical equipment. For details, please click here