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Implementation of the WPRS – EPD "Proper Recycling of Regulated Electrical Equipment"

30 Apr 2018

The Producer Responsibility Scheme (PRS) on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), also known as WPRS will be fully implemented in 2018. It aims to promote recycling and proper disposal of WEEE generated in Hong Kong, and covers eight types of equipment including air-conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, computers, printers, scanners and monitors (collectively referred to as “regulated electrical equipment" or REE).

From 1 August 2018, a supplier of REE must have been registered with the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) before distributing REE. Registered suppliers must also fulfil other statutory obligations, including the submission of returns to the EPD and payment of recycling levies, as well as providing recycling labels when distributing REE. 

At the same time, a seller must have a removal service plan endorsed by the EPD for selling REE. When a seller sells REE and if requested by the consumer, the seller should arrange for the consumer a free removal service to dispose of the same class of equipment abandoned by the consumer in accordance with the endorsed plan. The seller must also provide recycling labels to consumers purchasing REE, and a receipt containing the prescribed wording on the recycling levies.

Moreover, the disposal licensing control, import and export permit control and landfill disposal ban in respect of abandoned REE will commence on 31 December 2018. By then, any person who is engaged in the storage, treatment, reprocessing or recycling of abandoned REE must obtain a waste disposal licence; a permit will be required for the import and export of abandoned REE; and abandoned REE will no longer be accepted for disposal at the landfills and other designated waste disposal facilities (e.g. refuse transfer stations).

Suppliers and sellers of REE may submit to the EPD applications regarding the registration of suppliers and endorsement of removal service plans starting from 4 May 2018.  For more information, supplies and sellers can visit EPD website or call our enquiry hotline (2310 0223).