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