Unlicensed collector convicted of illegal collection of waste vehicle batteries


Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      An unlicensed collector who illegally collected waste vehicle batteries was fined $11,000 at Fanling Magistrates' Courts today (March 6) for contravening the Waste Disposal Ordinance (WDO) and the Waste Disposal (Chemical Waste) (General) Regulation. The collector was also convicted last October on multiple counts of illegal disposal of waste tyres in Yuen Long.

     During an enforcement operation in October last year, the unlicensed collector was intercepted by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) at Wing Fong Road in Kwai Fong while he was carrying onto a light goods vehicle some waste lead acid batteries (WLABs), which were classified as chemical waste. Over twenty WLABs were also found on the vehicle.

Upon investigation, the EPD subsequently prosecuted the collector under the WDO and the Regulation and the collector pleaded guilty today.

     An EPD spokesman said, "The collector used to collect WLABs and waste tyres for vehicle repair workshops but the collection and handling of such waste violated the WDO." The spokesman reminded those who provide vehicle battery replacement or vehicle repair services that they should hire the services of a reputable collector to properly handle the waste generated, including WLABs, which are classified as chemical waste, and waste tyres.

     Under the WDO, chemical waste producers should register with the EPD and should properly package, label and store their chemical waste. In addition, it has to be collected by licensed chemical waste collectors for delivery to licensed chemical waste disposal facilities for disposal. Regarding waste tyres, they should be delivered to appropriate facilities for recycling as they are recyclable materials.

Even if the waste tyres have to be sent to landfills for final disposal, they have to be cut by appropriate facilities before sending them to landfills. It is unethical and unlawful to deposit waste such as waste tyres in public places and on the roadside.

     Under the WDO, first-time offenders are liable to a maximum fine of $200,000 and six months' imprisonment.



Published on: 2018-03-06

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