Wed. Nov 25th, 2020

The Environmental Protection Department today said, following amendments to the Basel Convention, it will enhance the import and export control of waste plastics in Hong Kong from January 1, 2021.

Under the new arrangement, waste plastics are regarded as regulated waste plastics except for the single-type and uncontaminated waste plastics listed under the convention that are destined for recycling in an environmentally sound manner.

Anybody who intends to conduct transboundary movement of regulated waste plastics must obtain a permit or prior written consent from the states of export, import and transit concerned. Import and export of regulated waste plastics between a party and a non-party of the convention are prohibited.

Any person who imports, exports or re-exports regulated waste plastics into, from or via Hong Kong must apply for the relevant waste import or export permit in accordance with the Waste Disposal Ordinance or obtain consent from the department in advance.

As for importing, exporting or re-exporting non-regulated waste plastics into, from or via Hong Kong, a declaration form and relevant documents should be submitted to the department in advance for record purposes to prove that the planned transboundary shipment does not fall into the category and requirements of regulated waste plastics.

The department said the new arrangement will help enhance the control and efficiency of the import, export and re-export of waste plastics to prevent waste plastics from being stranded or illegally dumped, or causing pollution, in Hong Kong.

It will also help reduce the trade members’ risk of violating the laws of the places of import or transit, resulting in repatriation of the waste plastics or being prosecuted.

The department will, jointly with Customs, continue to screen and inspect import, export and re-export containers based on intelligence, import and export permits or consent and information submitted by importers and exporters, having regard to the risk assessment and enforcement priority.

It will also strengthen co-operation with competent authorities outside Hong Kong through timely mutual notification and collaboration to control the transboundary movement of various types of waste plastics.

Noting that two briefings were held early this year to explain to the trade the newly amended content of the convention and the corresponding import and export control arrangements under the Waste Disposal Ordinance, the department said it will hold more briefings this month to explain to the trade the details of its Guidelines on Import & Export Control of Waste Plastics.

The guidelines list out the detailed requirements and matters needing attention in the import and export control of waste plastics.

Members of the trade are advised to get prepared and gradually familiarise themselves with the new control arrangement to meet the requirements related to regulated waste plastics.

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Call 3178 9355 for enquiries.

By Bureau