What Can be Recycled in Discovery Bay?

Posted on September 15th, 2008 in DB as a city,Recycling by Michele Felder

Nearly everything can be recycled in Hong Kong.  Below is a quick description of the main categories:

Metal: This is the biggest money earner of all recyclables. Aluminium cans generate the most money (about 8-10c a can), but in fact all metal gets recycled from food cans, to milk powder cans, to cake tins to curtain rails and broken lamp components, even metal bath tubs – if it has metal it will be recycled. Clean the food cans for hygienic purposes. [If you can, crush all cans so they don’t take up too much space during transport and storage.]

Plastics: All plastics, regardless of whether it is numbered can be recycled. For example: broken bits of plastic and old toys; plastic shopping or food bags; all plastic packaging, even Saran/Glad wrap; CDs and cases, food trays (including polystyrene). If it has food on it, clean it for hygienic purposes. [Again crushing bottles/plastics saves space and hence, storage and transportation costs.]

Paper: Practically every form of paper that comes into your house can be recycled, including: real estate flyers, cardboard cereal boxes, Park N’Shop delivery cartons, moving boxes, newspapers, envelopes, magazines, paper bags. This is the majority of DB’s (and Hong Kong’s) recycling and earns about 50c per kilogram.  Note: Anything that is a bonded combination of plastic, paper and/or aluminium foil (e.g. UHT milk, juice boxes, soup, etc.) are not currently recyclable in Hong Kong.

Clothes may be given directly to your helper, church, Salvation Army (7 drop boxes around DB including one behind the post office in the plaza), or Winson Cleaners.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE):
Winson are introducing a collection program for waste electrical equipment such as: computers, monitors, printers, stereo electronics, mobile phones, and household appliances.  Every week a designated location in Discovery Bay will be established to collect these items.  See this link for the latest information.

For unwanted appliances that are still functioning, remember there are a number of places to re-sell them: Park nShop board, DB forum web site, Residents Club board, DB flea market, Inside DB classifieds.  It is always better to re-use than to recycle.http://www.dbay.com.hk/icms2/template?series=28&article=2369

Fluorescent and Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL):
Light bulbs are recyclable in Hong Kong, but are not currently collected in Discovery Bay. There are drop off locations around HK. Due to their toxic mercury content all fluorescent light bulbs (including CFLs) should be recycled.

Rechargeable Batteries:

All rechargeable batteries are recyclable in Hong Kong. In Discovery Bay, you can drop off your exhausted batteries of all types and sizes at the HKR Management office (Behind Park nShop) or McDonalds.  Rechargeable batteries include those from products such as: mobile phones, MP3/MD players, cordless phones, portable CD/VCD/DVD players, digital cameras, electronic dictionaries, video cameras, shavers, notebook computers, electrical toothbrushes, Personal Digital Assistances, portable vacuum cleaners, power tools and electronic game sets. 2A/3A/9V rechargeable batteries also fall within the recyclable category.

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  1. Cybernetic1 said,

    on December 11th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Hi, I have some questions:
    1. Is it OK to put all plastic wastes into the recycling bin for plastic bottles? Such as plastic wraps, spoons, styrofoam, etc?
    2. Likewise, is it OK to put metal cans (eg canned soup) other than soda cans in the metal bin?

  2. Michele Felder said,

    on December 11th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Hello- the types of plastics that are recycled are not always updated or communicated to the community. Therefore it is best to put all your plastics in the recycle bin. Styrofoam or polystyrene is not recyclable locally. Best to reduce use of this as much as possible.
    Tin cans (and aluminium foil) are definitely recyclable and should be put into same bins with soda cans.

    – Michele

  3. Cybernetic1 said,

    on February 9th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Hello, the link to “electronic waste” is broken. Do you have the latest info?
    Thanks for organizing this.

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