2018-05-04

Applications for supplier registration and endorsement of seller's removal service plan begin on 4 May

Application documents for registration of suppliers of regulated electrical equipment (REE) and endorsement of sellers' removal service plans have been uploaded to this website.  Prospective applicants are advised to read the relevant documents and start preparing the forms, information and supporting documents required for the applications.
Applications will be open for submission to the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) starting from 4 May 2018.  Please contact the World Green Organisation (WGO) by phone 2310 0223 or by email WEEE@thewgo.orgfor any enquiries on the applications.
EPD has appointed WGO to facilitate the trade's understanding of the details of the Producer Responsibility Scheme on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and their associated statutory obligations.
Starting from 1 August 2018, a supplier of air-conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, computers, printers, scanners and monitors (collectively referred to as REE) must have been registered the EPD before distributing REE.  Registered suppliers must also fulfill other statutory obligations, including the submission of returns to EPD and payment of recycling levies, as well as providing recycling labels when distributing REE.  At the same time, a seller must have a removal service plan endorsed by EPD for selling REE.  When a seller sells REE and if requested by the consumer, the seller should arrange for the consumer a free removal service to dispose of the same class of equipment abandoned by the consumer in accordance with the endorsed plan.  The seller must also provide recycling labels to consumers purchasing REE, and a receipt containing the prescribed wording on the recycling levies.
Suppliers and sellers of REE are advised to make the necessary preparations to ensure compliance when the relevant statutory provisions come into operation.
Besides, the disposal licensing control, import and export permit control and landfill disposal ban in respect of abandoned REE will commence on 31 December 2018.  By then, any person who is engaged in the storage, treatment, reprocessing or recycling of abandoned REE must obtain a waste disposal licence; a permit will be required for the import and export of abandoned REE; and abandoned REE will no longer be accepted for disposal at the landfills and other designated waste disposal facilities (e.g. refuse transfer stations).