Proposed enforcement arrangements
Frontline cleansing staff will refuse to collect non-compliant waste at waste reception points (i.e. refuse collection vehicles and refuse collection points). Enforcement officers of the FEHD and EPD will, with reference to the intelligence and complaints received, draw up a list of black spots and conduct surveillance and enforcement actions at different premises, waste collection points and black spots.
After a preparatory period of around 12 to 18 months, a “phasing-in period” will be put in place after the implementation of MSW charging. Warnings will be given to non-compliant cases during “phasing-in period” but enforcement actions would be taken in case the nature and magnitude of the offence calls for enforcement, e.g. if the offender repeatedly contravenes the law despite warnings given. Strict enforcement actions would be taken on a risk-based approach after the “phasing-in period”.
Fixed Penalty Notice - $1,500 each
Prosecution by way of summons
First conviction - A maximum fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for six months
Subsequent conviction - A maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months
Assistance to those in need
The Government will provide a subsidy of $10 per person per month for all recipients of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme and Higher Old Age Living Allowance to support their additional expenditure on MSW charging.