Support and promotion by the Government – Waste reduction and recycling Premised on the “polluter-pays” principle, MSW charging is part and parcel of the waste management strategy to drive for behavioural change in waste generation and hence reduce overall waste disposal. The Government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to support waste reduction and recycling. Starting from the Financial Year (FY) 2019-20, the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has allocated additional recurrent resources to fund various waste reduction and recycling initiatives. Examples: (a) the setting up of Green Outreach under the EPD to provide on-site assistance to the community; (b) regularization of funding support for Recycling Stores and expansion of community recycling network to 18 districts; (c) the launching of various pilot schemes of collection service on recyclables such as waste plastics from non-commercial and non-industrial sources and food waste from all sources; and (d) implementation of a pilot scheme to assess the effectiveness of applying reverse vending machines in promoting the recycling of plastic beverage containers. The provision will be further increased to no less than $800-1,000 million from the FY when MSW charging is to be implemented. The amount of this provision will be commensurate with the estimated gross revenue to be generated from MSW charging in the initial period so as to achieve the effect of “dedicated-fund-for-dedicated-use”. Please visit Waste Reduction Website for more details. Support and promotion by the Government - Publicity and education We are stepping up publicity and public education to promote community participation in reducing waste. The Government will publicise the messages of “Dump Less Save More” through different platforms to enhance community understanding and participation. Details of the publicity and public education projects are as follows:
Apart from the overall publicity and public education activities, there will be educational messages targeting different sectors (such as young people, students, frontline staff and domestic helpers).
Separately, the “Reduce and Recycle 2.0” Campaign was launched in June 2020. A new tagline “Save More Recycle More” is used and a new character, “Greeny”, is partnering with Big Waster to provide the latest information about waste reduction and recycling to the public. Please click here to learn more.
Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) will continue to fund more Community Involvement Projects to allow the public to try out MSW charging in actual settings and get prepared for MSW charging.
Collaborate with different stakeholders, including the Environmental Campaign Committee, villages, green groups and schools etc., to encourage the public to reduce waste and let them have a better understanding of MSW charging.
EPD has set up Green Outreach to provide outreaching service. The Green Outreach aims at helping the public get used to proper waste reduction and recycling, educating the public through on-site guidance and hands-on demonstration regularly on a long-term basis, and delivering the latest messages on waste management to the community.
The Green Outreach strives to establish and maintain a direct and effective liaison network with various stakeholders and support the waste separation and clean recycling work.
EPD will draw up “Best Practice Guides” for different sectors with reference to the experience of Community Involvement Projects and Trial Projects on MSW charging. The public may refer to the guidelines of their sectors (e.g. residents, property management companies (PMCs), commercial and industrial sectors, etc.) for the points to note and good practices for implementing MSW charging.
EPD will continue to organise briefings and workshops to help the trades and the public to understand the importance of waste reduction and recycling and MSW charging arrangements, and to explain the content and requirements of the ordinance, in order to facilitate different sectors to cope with and implement MSW charging.
Preparation by the public
Public should understand the proposed implementation arrangements of MSW charging and get prepared.
In support of community participation in the waste reduction campaign, the Government has implemented a number of measures to support and encourage the public to reduce waste at source and recycle properly. For relevant details, please visit the related website. Owners’ Corporations (OCs) and PMCs can make reference to EPD’s “Best Practice Guides” in future to learn more about the charging arrangements of the premises, to help frontline staff and residents to get prepared for waste charging, and to coordinate relevant stakeholders. EPD will also continue to organise briefings and workshops to enable OCs and PMCs to learn more about MSW charging and points to note.