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Waste Separation Guidebook

In 2006, BEC partnered with the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) to publish a useful Guidebook on the Source Separation of Waste for Residential Buildings.

The Guidebook outlines the options and provides tips on how to set up sources separation and collection systems in residential buildings, while meeting building and fire safety regulations. Though the Guidebook is targeted primarily to property managers, residents’ organisations may also find it a useful reference in planning to implement source separation of waste at their premises.

This Guidebook has been very well received by the private sectors especially the property management sector. Printed copies and CD-ROMs were distributed to property management companies and the public. In order to allow better penetration to the public, the full version of the Guidebook is also available at the Source Separation Guidebook website.

No Time to Waste

In 2004, about 6.41 million tonnes of wastes were disposed of in our three strategic landfills. It is projected that the existing landfills would only last 6 to 10 years if wastes continue to grow at the current trend. Waste reduction and recycling are therefore crucial in minimising the amount of waste requiring disposal. In recent years, the Government has been testing out various forms of domestic waste separation and recovery with a view to identifying the modes that are convenient to residents, cost-effective and best suit local needs. It is recognised that there may be different modes for different types of buildings in Hong Kong.

Guidebook on the Source Separation of Waste

As the source separation of waste is an important measure, as mentioned in the Policy Framework on the Management of Municipal Solid Waste, EPD has commissioned BEC to carry out a study to investigate the possible waste separation and recovery modes that can be adapted in different types of residential buildings in the territory and compile a comprehensive Guide Book for the reference of property managers and the public.

Liaison with Relevant Government Departments and Property Management Sector

An Advisory Group was specially formed under this Guidebook preparation project with representatives from the Hong Kong Association of Property Management Companies Limited, Property Management Partnership Liaison Group and relevant government departments, which include Buildings Department, Housing Department and Fire Services Department. They were involved in the discussions on the criteria for the classification of different types of residential buildings as well as identification and review of all legislation, regulations, codes of practice and other related requirements in force that are relevant to the improvement of waste separation and recovery in building floor refuse rooms and back staircases. The BEC Waste Management Working Group has also been engaged in providing expert advice in the compilation of the Guidebook.

Methodology and Approach

Endorsed by the Advisory Group and EPD, BEC has developed a simple Inverted Pyramid and Flowchart. Eight possible locations on each floor for waste separation and collection is illustrated in the Inverted Pyramid from the most preferred location to the least preferred location for source separation. Also, there is a practical guide with detailed description for each option. Besides, the Flowchart provided an active visual roadmap to guide the users to the most desirable location for their buildings.

The Guidebook is useful for all property management groups by providing practical solutions and guidance on how to choose the most suitable location for collecting recyclable waste in residential buildings. Moreover, the Guidebook acts as a tool to educate and raise public awareness of waste separation and collection.

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