Date
23 July 2017
The new regulations are part of efforts to make producers of home appliances and electronic devices bear responsibility for protecting the environment. Photo: HK Govt
The new regulations are part of efforts to make producers of home appliances and electronic devices bear responsibility for protecting the environment. Photo: HK Govt

Electrical equipment suppliers face recycling levy

Producers of eight types of home appliances and electronic devices will start to pay a levy for each product they sell to consumers in Hong Kong from the end of the year.

This is part of efforts to make them bear responsibility for protecting the environment.

The Legislative Council on Wednesday passed the Product Eco-responsibility (Regulated Electrical Equipment) Regulation, aimed at managing electrical and electronic equipment waste generated in Hong Kong.

Under the new rules, eight types of products, including air-conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, computers, printers, scanners and monitors, are defined as regulated electrical equipment.

Suppliers of these products will have to register with the Environmental Protection Department and pay a recycling levy for each product.

The proposed charges are:

• $165 per television and refrigerator;

• $125 per washing machine and air-conditioner;

• $45 per monitor; and

• $15 per computer, printer and scanner.

The levy may be adjusted in the future based on inflation.

The new rules are expected to come into effect by the end 2017 after the department implements the licensing regime. 

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said Hong Kong produces about 70,000 metric tons of electrical and electronic equipment waste every year, Apple Daily reports.

In addition, Wong said the new regulation allows consumers who buy new ones of the regulated products to ask sellers to collect the old ones from their homes free of charge within three days of purchase and deliver them to licensed recyclers for reprocessing, recycling or proper disposal.

Also, Wong said construction of the government-funded Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Treatment and Recycling Facility will soon be completed.

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