In brief, NCW means waste that is neither wrapped in a designated bag nor affixed with a designated label under "charging by designated bags/ designated labels".
For example, when a designated bag is used to dispose of waste, the waste concerned may be deemed as NCW if the bag is not tightly fastened, or if the waste is allowed to pierce through the bag.
Demonstration on how to properly
"wrap waste in a designated bag"
Examples of waste not properly
"wrapped in a designated bag"
Part of the waste
protrudes from the
opening of the bag
Waste is allowed
to pierce through
the bag is not
Besides, any oversized waste (for example large furniture such as dining tables, bookshelves or mattresses) that cannot be properly wrapped in a designated bag will be considered a NCW if it is not affixed with a designated label when being disposed of.
Designated bags and designated labels will only be sold at the authorised retail outlets. Members of the public should purchase designated bags and designated labels at authorised retail outlets or online platforms.
The EPD has published notice in the Gazette to stipulate the specifications for designated bag/ label, including their sizes, shapes, designs and materials for easy reference by the public on their authenticity. Each designated bag and designated label comes with anti-counterfeit features.
For disposal of oversized waste which cannot be properly wrapped into a designated bag, if it is collected by the FEHD (including its contractors); or collected by private waste collectors (PWCs) using refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) with rear compactors, it should be affixed with a designated label. The price of designated label is set at $11 each. Designated labels can be purchased at authorised retail outlets.
If the oversized waste is collected by PWCs using RCVs without rear compactors, it will be charged by weight through "gate-fee" and it is not required to be affixed with a designated label; otherwise it would lead to double payment.
In determining the number of designated labels required, members of public should consider the properties of the oversized waste, including its structure, functions, design, overall size, and quantity, before deciding whether such oversized waste should be considered as one or several articles. The Government will take into account of the above factors and adopt a common-sense approach when deciding whether irregularities are involved.
For example, subject to the actual facts and circumstances, the dismantled parts of the same abandoned furniture firmly tied together by a rope is likely to be regarded as one article of waste requiring one designated label for disposal. However, in case of a table and some chairs, or a bed and a mattress, they are likely to be regarded as separate articles even being tied together, and one designated label is required for each article for disposal.
In addition, multiple bags of household waste tightly bound together cannot be regarded as one article based on their nature. Therefore, such household waste should be properly wrapped in several designated bags but not just affixed with a designated label.
We encourage large scale waste producers (i.e., premises that generate large amount of daily waste, e.g., large facilities, factories, shopping centres, etc.) to apply for being the "Type B Account" holders. The registration procedure for the "gate-fee" accounts will be announced later.
For more frequently asked questions about MSW charging, please refer to the Best Practice Guides of relevant sectors