Even though the launch date of the pay-as-you-throw scheme has been postponed to August 1, it is never too early to know more about the new policy. RTHK has prepared a list of frequently asked questions to help people better understand the new arrangements.
Q: Why is the government implementing the scheme in the first place?
A: The pay-as-you-throw scheme is at the centre of Hong Kong’s overall waste reduction strategy to provide financial incentives for people to reduce garbage. It requires residents to buy government-designated plastic bags or labels to dispose of their waste.
Q: How much does a designated bag cost?
A: The designated bags come in nine sizes, with prices ranging from HK$0.3 to HK$11.
Q: Where can I buy a designated bag?
A: The designated bags will be available for purchase at supermarkets, convenience stores and other retailers selling household products. Some stockists are supplying the bags from January 26. Visit the Environmental Protection Department’s website to find out more about the participating stores.
Q: Do I need to put my waste in a designated bag before dumping it in public waste bins?
A: No, designated bags aren’t required for a small amount rubbish that you throw outside.
Q: What do I need to do if I intend to dispose of an item that’s bigger than the largest designated bag?
A: You’d need to affix a designated label, which costs HK$11, on the item. For example, if you are throwing away a bed frame that has been taken apart but bundled together with a rope, you will only need one label. But if you are also throwing away your mattress, a separate label will be required.
Q: Do I need to use a designated bag if my property management company has lined the communal bin with one?
A: Yes. You’ll need to put your rubbish in a designated bag to comply with the law. Violators can face a fine of HK$1,500.