Regulated e-waste

Producer Responsibility Scheme on WEEE (WPRS)

About 70,000 tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) are generated in Hong Kong annually, most of which are exported for reuse or recovery of valuable materials. However, the reliance on export of WEEE is not sustainable due to decreasing demand for second-hand products. Additionally, WEEE contains harmful materials which, if not properly treated or disposed, will be hazardous to the environment and human health.

 

As a result, the HKSAR government has implemented a mandatory producer responsibility scheme in 2018  for proper treatment and recycling of WEEE.

The scheme regulates the recycling and disposal of regulated electrical equipment (REE) which refers to air-conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, computers, printers, scanners and monitors.


Key regulatory measures include:

  • Manufacturers and importers of REE are required to register and pay a recycling levy for REE that is distributed in Hong Kong
  • Sellers of REE shall arrange a free removal service for consumers for the same type of waste equipment
  • Any person engaged in the storage, treatment, reprocessing and recycling of abandoned REE must obtain a waste disposal license
  • A permit is required for the import and export of abandoned REE
  • Disposal of abandoned REE is not permitted at landfills or other waste disposal facilities

To provide an essential infrastructure in support of the WPRS, the HKSAR government has also developed a WEEE Treatment and Recycling Facility – WEEE · PARK.

Regulated e-waste suited for recycling

Washing Machine
Washing Machine
Running capacity of 15kg or below
Washing machine with drying function is acceptable
Front-load / Top-load type
Refrigerator
Refrigerator
Household-use refrigerator with storage capacity of 900L or below
Air Conditioner
Air Conditioner
Window / Split type
Cooling capacity of 7.5 kW (3 HP) or below
Television
Television
Display screen size (measured diagonally) 30" to 100"
CRT / LED type
Computer
Computer
PC, tablet, laptop etc.
Monitor
Monitor
Display screen size (measured diagonally) less than 100”
Printer
Printer
Weight 30kg or below
Printer with copying, fax or scanning function is acceptable
Scanner
Scanner
Weight 30kg or below
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Washing Machine
Washing Machine
Refrigerator
Refrigerator
Air Conditioner
Air Conditioner
Television
Television
Computer
Computer
Monitor
Monitor
Printer
Printer
Scanner
Scanner
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For appliances not included in the above list, please contact the Environmental Protection Department at 2838 3111 regarding recycling details.