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Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Charging Trial

The Waste Disposal (Charging for Municipal Solid Waste) (Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed by the Legislative Council on 26 August 2021. The Government is preparing to implement the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) charging at the end of 2023.


In line with the ‘polluter-pays’ principle, charges will be based on the quantity of waste disposed of. The MSW charging aims to drive behavioural changes and promote waste reduction and recycling, so as to reduce reliance on landfills as well as facilitate low-carbon transformation.


To prepare the University communities for the MSW charging, Estates Office will organise an MSW charging trial on campus from April to June 2023.

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April to June 2023

Type of Wastes Covered

All general wastes generated on campus and to be disposed of in the refuse rooms managed by Estates Office will be covered in this trial.


The following wastes will not be covered in this trial:

  • oversized wastes that cannot be wrapped in a 100L designated trial bag

  • chemical wastes*

  • clinical wastes*

  • construction & demolition wastes*


*Chemical wastes, clinical wastes and construction & demolition wastes should be disposed of according to the standard practices


  • Main Campus

  • Centennial Campus

  • Sassoon Road Campus

  • Senior Staff Quarters


What to do in the Trial?

Use of designated trial bags for waste disposal

  • Estates Office will provide designated trial bags tailor-made following Government’s designated bags’ sizes and dimensions.  

  • All participating units are required to use the designated trial bags and tags provided to pack and wrap their daily general wastes before disposing to refuse rooms on campus.

  • Participating units should record their daily trial bag usage using the template (excel) below to estimate their waste quantity and potential MSW charge.

Designated trial bag 

available in 20L, 75L and 100L

(Given to the trial participating units free-of-charge, but the price printed on the bags is the actual price of the Government designated bags of the same size)

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What to do?

Waste Audit

  • Estates Office will conduct waste audits throughout the trial to study the waste quantities and compositions on campus

  • Waste audits will be conducted at faculty/major office levels.

  • Corresponding waste audit results will be feedbacked to faculties and major offices respectively for they reference.

  • Collected data will be used to set recycling and waste reduction target and formulate a charging approach on campus

More on the Gov's MSW Charging scheme

EPD poster on “MSW Charging” 

EPD video on “Overview of MSW Charging” 

EPD video on “Charging by Designated Garbage Bags

Learn more about how to ditch disposable and make good use of campus recycling facilities to reduce solid waste.

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