Producer Responsibility Scheme on Plastic Beverage Containers

The Environmental Protection Department (“EPD”) issued a consultation paper on “Producer Responsibility Scheme on Plastic Beverage Containers” on 22 February (the “Consultation Paper”).

As one of the waste reduction measures, the EPD proposed to introduce a producer responsibility scheme on plastic beverage containers (“PPRS”). Under PPRS, a recycling levy would be collected at the beverage supplier level (including manufacturers and importers) to help recover the operation costs of the scheme.

The Consultation Paper also refers to a one-year Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) Pilot Scheme rolled out by the EPD for testing the application of RVMs in recovering plastic beverage containers in the local context. The pilot scheme is to pave the way for future implementation of the PPRS.

Under the pilot scheme, 60 RVMs will be set up in phases at locations such as public places and government facilities with suitable foot traffic to collect used plastic beverage containers returned by the public for recycling.

The Council, with the assistance of the Land Use Planning and Environmental Law Committee (“Committee”), considered the Consultation Paper. It endorsed the views and proposed submissions of the Committee and issued the submission in response to the Consultation Paper.

A copy of submission can be found on the Law Society’s website:
http://www.hklawsoc.org.hk/pub_e/news/submissions/20210428.pdf