Statutory Free Removal Service
Under the producer responsibility scheme on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WPRS), when a consumer purchases REE and makes a request, the seller should arrange for the consumer a free removal service (in accordance with the plan endorsed by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD)) for disposal of the same type of waste equipment from a premises designated by the consumer.
This service will help members of the public handle waste equipment requiring disposal, and as the waste equipment collected will be sent to downstream recyclers for proper treatment, it will help turn waste into resources, thereby achieving resources recovery.
Sellers will have to notify consumers of the arrangements for the removal service and the relevant terms of service so that consumers can make an informed choice according to their needs.
Apart from choosing the statutory removal service, consumers can also choose to keep the old equipment for continued use, donate to charity or make other arrangements on their own.
EPD and the trade have jointly launched the Removal Service Trial Scheme in November 2017 to allow the trade and stakeholders to get prepared and familiarise themselves with the relevant operation. For details, please click here.
Other Complementary Arrangements
When consumers purchase REE, sellers must provide a receipt with prescribed wording to inform consumers about the recycling levy payable to the Government by the registered suppliers in respect of an item of REE under the WPRS, so as to achieve a “visible fee” effect.
The amounts of recycling levy are as follows -
With reference to a hypothetical transaction involving the distribution of an air conditioner, a washing machine and a television, the following wording should appear on the receipt issued to consumers -
In addition, sellers must provide a recycling label to consumers not later than the taking of actual possession of the REE by consumers. The recycling label aims to help consumers identify REE that is distributed under the WPRS. Specimen of the recycling labels are as follows –