Yes. Please find below for existing and/or expected producer responsibility schemes in place for packaging or plastics.
- [Existing] Plastic Shopping Bag Charging Scheme
The Plastic Shopping Bag Charging Scheme, as stated in Q2 above, aims to reduce the excessive use of plastic shopping bags (PSBs) through a direct economic disincentive imposed on consumers as a mandatory charge.
- [Expected] PRS on Glass Beverage Containers (GPRS)
The Legislative Council passed the Promotion of Recycling and Proper Disposal (Product Container) (Amendment) Ordinance in May 2016, providing a statutory regulatory framework for the GPRS. The introduction of a PRS on glass beverage containers (GPRS) enables the concerned stakeholders to take their share of eco-responsibility for proper collection and treatment of waste glass beverage containers, turning them into resources for full utilisation and alleviating the pressure on landfills.
With regards to the progress of GPRS, the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has appointed Glass Management Contractors to provide regional waste glass container collection and treatment services across the territory. The EPD launched the Glass Container Recycling Charter in January 2019 inviting the community to join hands in promoting glass container recycling paving way for the full implementation of the GPRS. Currently, the relevant subsidiary legislation providing the operation details of the scheme is currently pending scrutiny by the Legislative Council.
- [Expected] PRS on Plastic Beverage Containers (PPRS)
Waste plastics constitute about 20% of municipal solid waste disposal in Hong Kong. Amongst the waste plastics, about 5% are plastic beverage containers. The Government is exploring how to implement a PRS targeting plastic beverage containers, turning waste into reusable resources. To better promote the recycling of plastic beverage containers, Hong Kong Government has launched the Public Consultation on Producer Responsibility Scheme (PRS) on Plastic Beverage Containers on 22 February 2021 and asked the public to voice their opinion on this new PRS. After taking into account the views collected, the regulatory framework for the PPRS will be mapped out.
The Hong Kong Government is also considering the application of Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs), as appropriate, in Hong Kong to enhance the operation efficiency of this new PRS, which is currently in the trial run period since January 2021 to test out the practical application of RVMs in Hong Kong.
Under the pilot scheme, 60 RVMs would be installed in phases at locations such as public places or government facilities with relatively high foot traffic, with provision of instant rebate (i.e., $0.1 per plastic beverage container) via e-payment platform to encourage the public to return their used plastic beverage containers. Each Octopus card or Alipay (Hong Kong) account allows the public to return a maximum of 30 plastic beverage containers and redeem the rebate in a day. Members of the public may also choose to donate the rebate (no daily limit imposed) to designated charities (e.g., the Community Chest, the Scout Association of Hong Kong or the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association) to benefit the community.