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We can recycle e-waste

How would you handle idle home appliances? The Producer Responsibility Scheme on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WPRS) came into effect in 2018 indeed. Through the WPRS, relevant waste electrical and electronic equipment must be directed to licensed recycling facilities for proper treatment and recycling, turning waste into resources, thus offering a long term solution to potential land contamination and environmental problems arising from mishandling during transfer, storage and dismantling processes. In fact, there are at least five ways to handle unwanted electrical appliances. Statutory Free Removal ServiceThe WPRS provides a convenient recycling channel for the proper collection of used equipment requiring disposal. Upon purchase of a new REE item, including air-conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, computers, printers, scanners and monitors, members of the public are entitled to a statutory free removal service arranged by the seller to collect a used item of the same class. For details, please contact REE sellers, or click here to read more. Collection Hotline (2676 8888)Apart from the statutory free removal service, the Government also introduced a new and free collection service. Members of the public not purchasing a new REE item can make an appointment with the operator for the Government for a free collection service through the recycling hotline 2676 8888. This service will not only promote recycling, but it will also save members of the public the burden of disposing the used REE on their own or at a cost. Community Green Stations (CGSs)All CGSs accept waste electrical and electronic equipment for which will be transferred to suitable recyclers for handling.  Please click here for details of the CGSs.E-waste Collection VehicleThe e-waste collection vehicle stations in 18 districts at Saturdays and Sundays on a roster basis to collect e-waste from the public. There are also collection station, education and publicity activities to introduce the importance of proper e-waste recycling. Please click here for details.Donation ServiceWEEE·PARK refurbishes some serviceable electrical appliances for donation to people in need for reuse, promoting a loving and caring community while going green. Refurbished appliances available for donation include refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners and televisions. Application should be made through referral by registered social worker. Please click here to download the application form.