Residential Buildings

Any housing estates or residential buildings are eligible to enroll in the Programme free of charge. Applications must be made by the property management companies, owners’ incorporations, mutual aid committees or residents’ committees.

  • Participating estates/buildings may be normally given one set of waste separation bins for each block of residential buildings, or for every fifty households served for villa-type residential developments. If the number of waste separation bins applied is more than aforesaid, the applicant may need to provide more information for consideration. The application will be determined based on the information provided.
  • Upon their successful enrolment in the "Promotion Programme on Source Separation of Waste", the estates/buildings will automatically become the participants in the "Programme on Source Separation of Domestic Waste" (SSW) launched by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD). Meanwhile, if the estates/buildings also participate in the SSW Competition, after each phase of the Competition, they will automatically become the participants of the next phase, no further application is required.
  • Participating estates/buildings are obliged to place the waste separation bins at suitable area(s) within the domain of the estate/building to provide a waste separation facility for their residents for at least three years. The waste separation bins are suggested to be placed at prominent spots near the litter bins for residents’ convenience in practising source separation of waste, as well as bringing about a stronger promotional and educational effect on waste separation and reduction in the participating estates/ buildings. Estates/buildings should also observe the relevant regulations and laws of Hong Kong, including the “Fire Safety (Buildings) Ordinance” when placing the bin.
  • Participating estates/buildings should also ensure the cleanliness, hygiene and maintenance of the waste separation bins granted by the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC), and arrange periodic collection of wastes for recycling with cleansing contractors or recyclers.
  • The ECC offers three-year free maintenance warranty for waste separation bins (made of metal) and one-year free maintenance warranty for outdoor waste separation bins (made of plastic) counting from the date of receipt of the recycling bins. Please note that the warranty only covers natural damage, any claims for maintenance due to improper use or misplacing the recycling bins will not be entertained. When the maintenance warranty expires, applicants should contact appropriate contractors for maintenance for minor defects or the ECC Secretariat for replacement of the waste separation bins if necessary.
  • Under any circumstances, participating estates/buildings should not abandon the waste separation bins, nor place them outside the domain of the building. The estate/ building should implement appropriate measures to prevent malicious damage of the waste separation bins. If the waste separation bins are no longer usable due to natural wear and tear, a recycler should be arranged to collect the bins for recycling in a proper way.

Types of waste separation bins

How to join

Frequently Asked Questions

For more details of waste separation programmes, please visit "Programme on Source Separation of Domestic Waste"