It’s the New Year, a time when you might need to offload some of your old electronics and other items to make space for the new stuff from Christmas and Chinese New Year. If you’re like me, you don’t want to throw your old items in the bin and have them end up in our overfull landfills. Thankfully, we have some better options on where to recycle in Hong Kong.
GREEN@COMMUNITY Recycling Stores
All over Hong Kong, there are convenient recycling drop spots. GREEN@COMMUNITY accept specified waste which will be transferred to suitable recyclers for handling. All Recycling Stations, Recycling Stores and Recycling Spots accept at least eight common types of recyclables, including paper, metals plastics, glass bottles, electrical equipment, small electrical appliances, fluorescent lamps and tubes, and rechargeable batteries, among other items.
You can check the list of locations to see where the closest collection site is and to find out which items they accept. With over 30 locations, there’s bound to be one near you. Call ahead to ensure they are open during COVID-19.
As of 16 November 2020, the EPD introduced the GREEN$ (Greeny Coins) smart card for the public to earn GREEN$ and exchange them for gift items. This is a great way to motivate people to take part.
The Environmental Collection Department is working to promote proper recycling of electronic goods in an effort to “turn waste into resources” and to instill a green living culture in the community.
The Hong Kong government created a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WPRS) programme for items such as air-conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, computers, printers, scanners and monitors. This programme is an important step towards Hong Kong’s waste reduction and recycling efforts. Through the WPRS, electrical and electronic equipment must be directed to licensed recycling facilities for proper treatment and recycling, turning waste into resources, which offers a long term solution to potential land contamination and environmental problems arising from mishandling.
Free Removal Service
The WPRS provides a convenient recycling channel for the proper collection of used equipment requiring disposal. Upon purchase of a new qualifying item, you are entitled to free removal service (arranged by the seller) to collect a used item of the same class. In case you’re not purchasing a new item, you can still make an appointment for a free collection service through the recycling hotline 2676 8888. This service promotes people to recycle in Hong Kong and saves you the burden of disposing of an item on your own or at a cost.
WEEE·PARK refurbishes some serviceable electrical appliances for donation to people in need for reuse, promoting a loving and caring community while going green. Refurbished appliances available for donation include refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners and televisions.
Looking to Donate Other Items Such As Books, Furniture, Clothing and Toys?
Dignity Kitchen is opening a pre-loved book stall soon. They are looking for children’s, teens and adult books. You can drop books at 2/F, 618 Shanghai Street, MongKok from 9am – 7:30pm (Mon – Sat).
reBooked HK sells pre-loved children’s books and they accept book donations (English language children’s books suitable for 0 – 16 years old).
They accept household items and more to recycle & redistribute. “It’s charitable & environmental”. They also provide some moving services. Every Saturday is ‘Charity Saturday’ for donation collection in Discovery Bay, Tung Chung and Park Island. Gathering donated items in one day helps minimise the costs and maximise the collection for all the beneficiaries. Every week they fill a 5.5-tonne truck with decent second-hand furniture, appliances, household items, clothes and toys etc.
Redress is an environmental charity working to prevent and transform textile waste. Redress makes it easy to donate items with their collection boxes at their office in Sham Sui Po or at Jeeves locations in Central and Aberdeen. Most of the donated clothing items go directly to local charities (Crossroads, Green Ladies, ImpactHK, Pathfinders and many more) while the rest is re-sold at pop-up shops.
The store has set up a worldwide recycling initiative where customers can drop off and donate any unwanted clothes (from any brand) at the garment collection boxes in stores. H&M paired up with the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) to find the best ways to recycled or downcycle used clothing items.
The Salvation Army accepts donations of clothing, footwear, handbags, accessories, books, toys, electronics and small appliances. The stores sell some of the donated items in their shops with proceeds going to community programmes. Some donated goods go directly to people in need, such as the elderly, street sleepers, and others in need.
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