Charging by "designated garbage bags"
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  • ⦁ 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; (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 and flat-top designs
    ⦁ Oversized waste collected by private waste collectors will be charged based on the weight of waste disposed of (i.e. gate-fee).
    ⦁ Both designated garbage bags and "oversized waste label" have anti-counterfeit feature.
Charging by "weight through gate-fee"
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  • ⦁ A gate-fee will be charged based on the weight of waste disposed. Mainly applicable to waste of large size or irregular shape of commercial and industrial premises, collected by private waste collectors using waste vehicles without rear compactors.
How to purchase designated garbage bags or oversized waste labels?
"Designated garbage bags" and "oversized waste labels" will be sold at some 4000 sales points, including supermarkets, convenient stores, personal care product stores, gas stations, post offices and vending machines, etc.
Compliance assistance
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Proposed enforcement measures

Frontline officers will reject non-compliant waste at waste reception points (i.e. refuse collection vehicles and refuse collection points). Enforcement officers of the FEHD and EPD will, based on the intelligence and complaints received, draw up a list of black spots and conduct surveillance and enforcement actions at different premises, pick up points and black spots.

After the preparatory period of 12 to 18 months, a “phasing-in period” of 6 months 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

Second conviction - A maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months

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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.

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