Charging by “designated garbage bags”
Price at $0.11 per litre
  • ⦁ Applicable to most residential buildings, commercial and industrial buildings, village houses, street level shops and institutions.
  • ⦁ Three scenarios: (i) waste collected by the refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) or its contractors; (ii) waste collected by private waste collectors using RCVs with rear compactors; and (iii) waste disposed of at the FEHD Refuse Collection Points (RCPs) would be charged through “designated garbage bags”. Citizens have to purchase and use pre-paid “designated garbage bags” to wrap their waste properly before disposal.
  • ⦁ $0.11 per litre
  • ⦁ Nine sizes, with t-shirt (3L-20L) and flat-top (3L-100L) designs
    ⦁ For oversized waste collected by FEHD or its contractors, or by private waste collectors using RCVs with rear compactors, or disposed of at FEHD RCPs, each oversized waste should be affixed with a “designated label”. The price of “designated labels” will be set at a uniform rate of $11 each.
    ⦁ Oversized waste collected by private waste collectors using RCVs without rear compactors will be charged through gate-fee at landfills or refuse transfer stations (see the Section on Charging by “weight through gate-fee” below). Under this arrangement, “designated label” is not applicable.
    ⦁ Both “designated garbage bags” and “designated labels” will have anti-counterfeit features.
Charging by “weight through gate-fee”
Charging by 'weight through gate-fee'
  • ⦁ A gate-fee will be charged for waste collected by private waste collectors using waste collection vehicles without rear compactors which are disposed of at landfills or refuse transfer stations. It is mainly applicable to oversized waste or waste which is irregular in shape generated from commercial and industrial premises.
  • ⦁ Four urban refuse transfer stations and the North West New Territories Refuse Transfer Station: $395/tonne
  • ⦁ Other refuse transfer stations and landfills: $365/tonne
How to purchase “designated garbage bags” or “designated labels”?
“Designated garbage bags” and “designated labels” will be sold at some 4,000 authorized sales points, including supermarkets, convenience stores, post offices and vending machines, etc. Online sale of “designated garbage bags” and “designated labels” will also be provided.
Compliance assistance
Proposed enforcement arrangements

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”.

Penalty:

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

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.