The Environmental Protection Department today launched the GREEN$ electronic participation incentive scheme to facilitate and encourage the public to use the community recycling facilities.
Launched through the department’s smart recycling system pilot programme, the incentive scheme will enable the public to earn electronic reward points and redeem gifts with their GREEN$ smart cards.
The GREEN$ smart cards can be used in the new community recycling network, comprising Recycling Stations, Recycling Stores, Recycling Spots and a Community Smart Recycling Vehicle.
Members of the public who drop off no less than 2kg of recyclables at a new community recycling network can obtain the GREEN$ smart card through a simple registration process.
They can then earn GREEN$ points by showing the smart card or the QR code printed on the back of the card when dropping off the recyclables.
The department emphasised that the card will not store any personal information.
Initially, the gifts to be redeemed with GREEN$ points will consist of mainly daily necessities, groceries and eco-products such as bamboo pulp tissue paper, towels, and eco bags.
This aims to raise the public’s environmental awareness as well as encourage them to cultivate habits of waste reduction and recycling, and integrate such habits into their daily lives, the department added.
It has also expanded the community recycling network by upgrading and improving the scale of existing community recycling centres and setting up new recycling points.
The nine existing community green stations will be renamed as Recycling Stations, and 22 enhanced scale community recycling centres will become Recycling Stores.
In addition, more than 100 Recycling Spots will operate as mobile recycling points at regular locations and times in various districts across the city.
The new recycling network will receive a variety of recyclables including waste paper, metals, plastics, glass bottles, regulated waste electrical and electronic equipment, small electrical appliances, rechargeable batteries, and fluorescent lamps and tubes.
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