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The import of waste, as set out in Section 20A of the Waste Disposal Ordinance (WDO), Chapter 354, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) , is subject to control by the Environmental Protection Department (Opens a new window) . Under the control, import of any waste requires a permit issued by the Department unless the waste is:

  1. listed in the Sixth Schedule of the WDO
  2. uncontaminated as defined under the WDO and
  3. intended for a genuine recycling or reuse purpose

Common examples of the 6th Schedule wastes are paper waste, textile waste, metal scrap and solid plastic waste. Common examples of hazardous wastes (non-6th Schedule wastes) are clinical waste, waste Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) in computer monitors or television sets, and waste batteries.

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