The municipal waste charging scheme was proposed over ten years ago. It was finally submitted to the legislative council in 2018 after years of discussion and consultation with stakeholders. Regrettably the scrutiny work for Waste Disposal (Charging for Municipal Solid Waste) (Amendment) Bill 2018 was discontinued due to the lack of time in the previous legislative term.
A new bill committee was set up in early November 2020 to resume the deliberations on this Bill. For many Asian jurisdictions including Taiwan and Seoul, a waste levy bill is already in place for up to 20 years. Hong Kong needs to catch up!