Hazardous Waste in Hong Kong

Relevant Hong Kong Reg Alerts

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July 22, 2013
Pages Updated: Hong Kong
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January 30, 2010
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May 14, 2009
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Last Updated: July 22, 2013
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Hong Kong's primary laws governing hazardous waste management are the Waste Disposal Ordinance (Chapter 354 of the Laws of Hong Kong) which was enacted in 1980, along with other relevant environmental regulatory measures, e.g. Waste Disposal (Chemical Waste) (General) Regulation. These laws contribute to Hong Kong's comprehensive legal framework for waste management.

The Ordinance has been amended several times to regulate chemical waste, illegal dumping of waste and import and export of waste. The most recent amendment was enacted in 2006 which sets out the international "Basel Ban" on Transboundary shipment of hazardous wastes in clear terms and provides control over clinical wastes. Certain hazardous wastes may also be classifiable as "dangerous goods" under Hong Kong's Dangerous Goods Ordinance (Chapter 295 of the Laws of Hong Kong).

Issues associated with the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes are covered in the Transboundary Waste Shipments section of the Hong Kong Pages.

IHS EIATRACK subscribers may also be interested to know that a number of NGOs in Hong Kong have campaigns targeting particular substances. These campaigns may lead to increased government and citizen scrutiny of the use of such substances in electrical components, especially those components that may end up in waste streams destined for incineration.


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