March 5, 2016 – Groundbreaking Chinese Ceremony for SSK in EcoPark March 5th, 2016.
March 7, 2016 LABRC survey updated to reflect “Commitment of ULAB for Recycling”
March 11, 2016 – Info-graphic for LABRC completed
Highlighting Business Ecosystems and Partners
- Battery Dealers
- Waste Producer Registration
- Licensed collectors
March 15, 2016
Site Clearing and pre-construction flyover at EcoPark
Garage in Wan Chai and illegal waste car batteries collector fined
A garage in Wan Chai and an illegal waste batteries collector were fined a total of $23,600 at Eastern Magistrates’ Courts today (January 23) for contravening the Waste Disposal Ordinance (WDO) and the Waste Disposal (Chemical Waste) (General) Regulation. The prosecutions were brought by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) for the illegal disposal of waste lead acid batteries (WLABs).
During a blitz operation in Wan Chai in June last year, EPD officers intercepted a truck which was illegally collecting WLABs from a garage. A total of 60 WLABs were found on the truck. After investigation, it was found that the garage had not registered as a chemical waste producer with the EPD, and handed its waste batteries to an illegal collector who did not possess a chemical waste collection licence. The EPD subsequently initiated prosecution against the garage and the illegal waste batteries collector for violating the WDO and the Regulation. The two defendants pleaded guilty today.
An EPD spokesman said, “The EPD has stepped up inspections and blitz operations to combat the illegal collection and disposal of WLABs. To date, including 2016, there have been 22 cases of illegal collection and handling of WLABs which were intercepted by the EPD at various locations across the territory, with five cases involving garages illegally handing their waste batteries to non-licensed chemical waste collectors. Up till now, nine cases have already been convicted, while the remaining cases are either pending trial by the court or under investigation.”
The spokesman reminded those engaged in the businesses of vehicle repair, recycling, data centre operation, and the installation and maintenance of tele-communication systems that WLABs contain sulphuric acid and lead. They are classified as chemical waste and must be handled properly and strictly in accordance with legal requirements.
According to the WDO and the Regulation, companies, institutions or premises which produce chemical waste must register with the EPD. Chemical waste must be properly packed, labelled and stored as stipulated by the law, and must be delivered by licensed chemical waste collectors to the EPD’s licensed chemical waste treatment facilities for disposal. It is an offence for anyone to collect, store, dispose of, import or export chemical waste in a manner not in accordance with the legal requirements. First-time offenders are liable to a maximum fine of $200,000 and six months’ imprisonment.
Ends/Monday, January 23, 2017
July 15th, 2016 Source EPD – EPD and C&ED jointly tackle illegal collection and export of chemical wastes (with photos)
EPD and C&ED jointly tackle illegal collection and export of chemical wastes (with photos)
The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (July 19) said that two containers which may have involved in illegal export of chemical waste were successfully intercepted at Kwai Chung Container Terminals during a joint operation with the Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) yesterday (July 18). About 2 000 waste lead-acid batteries, which were suspected to be for export without a permit, were found inside the containers, thus violating the Waste Disposal Ordinance.
An EPD spokesman said that the EPD raided a recycling site in Yuen Long last Friday (July 15) which illegally stored waste lead-acid batteries and other chemical waste. During the operation, a truck involved in the illegal collection of waste lead-acid batteries was intercepted by the EPD. In the recycling site, about 3 000 lead-acid batteries and 3 200 waste cathode ray tubes (CRT) and waste LCD monitors pending export were found. The EPD believes that the two intercepted containers involved in suspected illegal export of chemical waste may be related to the recycling site. The total estimated market value of the chemical waste involved was about $560,000. The EPD is now conducting thorough investigation into the parties involved and gathering evidence for initiating prosecutions.
Waste lead-acid batteries and other hazardous electronic chemical waste like CRT and waste LCD monitors contain sulphuric acid, lead, mercury and other toxic substances. Improper treatment of them will therefore cause adverse effects on people’s health. It is also stipulated by the Basel Convention that the import and export of hazardous waste should be strictly regulated to prevent these wastes being delivered to improper facilities for treatment, causing pollution to the environment or posing threat to workers’ health.
The spokesman added that lead-acid batteries are widely used in vehicles and large-sized powered machine equipment, large-scale telecommunication systems and backup power supply for computer server systems and data centres, while waste CRT are obtained from old-fashioned television sets or computer monitors, and they are both classified as chemical waste. To protect the environment, only licensed chemical waste collectors are allowed to collect chemical waste and all chemical waste must be delivered to the EPD’s licensed chemical waste treatment facilities for treatment and disposal, according to the Waste Disposal Ordinance and the Waste Disposal (Chemical Waste) (General) Regulation. Moreover, the import and export of chemical waste are strictly regulated and prior approval must be obtained from the EPD.
It is an offence for anyone to collect, store, dispose of, import or export chemical waste not according to the legal requirements. First-time offenders are liable to a maximum fine of $200,000 and six months’ imprisonment.
The spokesman said that the EPD is gravely concerned about the illegal handling of chemical waste at local recycling sites. Since last year, the EPD has stepped up inspections at recycling sites in the New Territories and joint operations have been conducted with relevant departments to combat illegal activities there, resulting in 12 cases being prosecuted and leading to convictions. The EPD will continue to closely collaborate with the C&ED and other relevant departments to strictly combat illegal collection as well as import and export of chemical waste. The EPD will also continue to monitor whether the local recycling sites have involved illegal handling of chemical waste and will take stringent enforcement action to prevent causing pollution to the environment.
More information about the control of chemical waste is available on the EPD’s website:
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The Environmental Protection Department and the Customs and Excise Department successfully intercepted two containers which may have involved in illegal export of chemical waste during a joint operation at Kwai Chung Container Terminals yesterday (July 18). About 2 000 waste lead-acid batteries, which were suspected to be for export without a permit, were found inside the containers, thus violating the Waste Disposal Ordinance.
The Environmental Protection Department raided a recycling site in Yuen Long last Friday (July 15) which illegally stored waste lead-acid batteries and other chemical waste. The EPD believes that the two intercepted containers involved in suspected illegal export of chemical waste yesterday (July 18) may be related to the recycling site. Picture shows the waste lead-acid batteries found at the recycling site.
The Environmental Protection Department raided a recycling site in Yuen Long last Friday (July 15) which illegally stored waste lead-acid batteries and other chemical waste. The EPD believes that the two intercepted containers involved in suspected illegal export of chemical waste yesterday (July 18) may be related to the recycling site. Picture shows the waste cathode ray tubes and waste LCD monitors found at the recycling site.
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Thursday, 23 June, 2016 Source:SCMP
The number of used lead-acid batteries is on the rise as they are the most common source of back-up power for data centres.
Once their lifespan has been exhausted, licensed waste collectors are paid to take them to chemical waste landfills or a chemical waste treatment facility in Yuen Long industrial estate, where they can be prepared for export.
Environment Secretary Wong Kam-sing told the Legislative Council last month that about 1,200 tonnes of used lead-acid batteries were collected and disposed of by licensed waste collectors in legal landfills or the chemical waste treatment facility.
About 700 tonnes were dumped in landfills, while the rest was prepared for export to a recycling facility in South Korea, according to the Environmental Protection Department (EPD).
Zimmerman, however, believes the real figure is much higher but was not recorded as, due to a lack of facilities, it was being illegally dumped or sold to illegal waste collectors, who then make a profit by selling valuable components.
A 2014 report by Dr James Wong Wing-ho of Allied Environmental Consultants estimated about 13,300 tonnes from vehicles and 9,897 tonnes from data centres were produced in Hong Kong.
The report estimated that by 2020, there would be 66,649 tonnes in the city.
The EPD dismissed the estimates as being “on the high side”.
But Zimmerman said official government figures only took into account what licensed collectors and processors handled.
“The government has this ridiculously small number; they only report – and can only report – what licensed collectors and processors show,” he said.
“Why is there a discrepancy? The waste handlers you have got to pay. And if you give them to an illegal exporter, you get money. It’s as simple as that. And it’s good money, the difference is significant.”
Used battery recycling involves decanting acid from the battery before the lead is removed for recycling. The plastic casing is crushed and used to manufacture new battery covers and cases. The components have value if they are sold overseas.
On February 26, 9,000 waste lead-acid batteries were seized by the EPD at an open storage ground in Yuen Long. The department said at the time “the case may involve illegal collection and storage of chemical waste … for export trading”.
Zimmerman said the seizure clearly showed Hong Kong did not have the capacity to deal with the true volume of used batteries and increased recycling capacity was desperately needed, as illegal waste collectors were wreaking havoc on the environment.
Zimmerman said illegal waste handlers decanted the acid into the ground before export, which could possibly leak into water sources such as streams and the ocean.
A facility to handle recycling is currently being constructed at the EcoPark in Tuen Mun. The centre operated by SSK Metal is expected to come online by the end of next year. Its licensed processing capacity per year is 41,600 tonnes of used batteries or 33,300 tonnes of lead extraction, whichever is lower.
Mar 17, 2016 00:55 GMT Source:SMM
|Lead Acid Battery Recycling
Daily update ⋅ March 16, 2016
Lead–acid batteries are characterized by high safety, stead performance, wide application and low recycling costs. Scrap lead–acid batteries basically …
National People’s Congress, Tianneng Group Chairman Zhang Tianyong earlier disclosed to the two and this year’s proposal. In this 17 proposals, he once again proposed to levy lead-acid battery consumption tax. In his view, for the battery manufacturers to impose consumption tax, not only does not help solve the real problem of environmental pollution, and will make the formal lead-acid battery enterprises into a serious crisis of survival.
National People’s Congress, Tian Teng Group Chairman Zhang Tianyuan
In fact, the Ministry of Finance, the State Administration of Taxation as early as January 26, 2015, jointly issued a document that: “February 1, 2015 onwards, will be levied on all types of battery consumption tax (part of the battery exempt), in the production, commissioned processing and Import tax levy, the applicable tax rate is 4%. “” Lead-acid battery from January 1, 2016 from the levy. “And this approach will be implemented this month, at the same time, the battery manufacturers need to pay back in January and February Tax.
At present, the battery enterprises are generally faced with the cost of too heavy, weak profitability of the dilemma, the need for the Government through a proactive fiscal policy for enterprises “burden.” For the battery business, the most urgent is the suspension, delay or differentiated collection of battery consumption tax.
As the representative of the National People’s Congress Zhang Tian Ren said that the country noted that the battery pollution of the environment expressed appreciation, but through the current “tax escrow” approach to the battery manufacturers, for environmental protection and not a great role, and This will encourage some taxpayer to be tax evasion. Moreover, this would violate the original intention of the structural reform of the supply side of the “cost reduction for the enterprise”.
Therefore, Zhang Tianren proposed to deal with the environmental pollution of enterprises to conduct research and evaluation, must have scientific research level of pollution emission data support, in the research results before the introduction of the proposed consumption tax levy; if continue to levy, should be differentiated collection, for those who recover the battery business The implementation of that is levy, those who do not fulfill the responsibility of the collection of enterprises to levy. Levy can be the national level of lead-acid battery recycling regulatory projects, the actual recovery of the accounting.
In fact, according to Zhang Tianyou said, lead-acid battery real pollution risk exists mainly in the recycling link. However, China has not yet established a government-level standardized recycling system, the annual number of waste lead-acid batteries produced more than 3.3 million tons, the proportion of formal recycling accounted for less than 30% of total battery output, pollution is huge. In Zhang Tianyan view, the existing battery consumption tax is only on the battery production enterprises, “tax escrow”, does not help to effectively solve the existing lead-acid battery industry, environmental pollution is not conducive to the transformation of large-scale enterprises to upgrade, did not realize the consumption tax levy True purpose.
To this end, Zhang Tian Ren suggested to stop the levy, consumption tax levy. If you are sure to levy, then to take the initiative to carry out battery recycling, and actively fulfill the extension of the producer responsibility of the enterprise, the implementation of differentiated taxes, or explore the mode of levy to avoid the burden of enterprises.
|Lead Acid Battery Recycling Hong Kong
Daily update ⋅ March 4, 2016
Hong Kong (HKSAR) – The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has stepped up surprise inspections to enhance enforcement against illegal …
EPD steps up enforcement against illegal collection and trading of waste lead-acid batteries (with photos)
The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has stepped up surprise inspections to enhance enforcement against illegal collection and trading activities concerning waste lead-acid batteries, which are classified as chemical waste.
On February 26, a truck carrying waste lead-acid batteries was intercepted by EPD enforcement officers and some 9 000 waste lead-acid batteries were subsequently seized at an open storage ground in Yuen Long. The EPD suspected that the case may involve illegal collection and storage of chemical waste, in this case waste lead-acid batteries, for export trading. The estimated market value of the seizure was about $500,000. The EPD is now conducting thorough investigation into the involved parties and will continue to collect evidence for prosecution.
An EPD spokesman said today (March 3), “Waste lead-acid batteries contain sulphuric acid and lead. They are classified as chemical waste and must be properly handled to avoid causing harm to the environment and public health.”
According to the Waste Disposal Ordinance and Waste Disposal (Chemical Waste) (General) Regulation, the collection, storage and disposal of chemical waste, including waste lead-acid batteries, must be handled by licensed chemical waste collectors for delivery to the EPD’s licensed chemical waste treatment facilities for treatment and disposal. It is an offence for anyone to collect, store, handle, import or export chemical waste not according to the legal requirements. First-time offenders are liable to a maximum fine of $200,000 and six months’ imprisonment.
Lead-acid batteries are widely used in vehicles and large-sized powered machine equipment, large-scale telecommunication systems and backup power supply for computer server systems and data centres. The EPD reminds members of the trade in vehicle repair, powered machine equipment and computer and data systems to comply with relevant legal requirements. Waste lead-acid batteries must be handled by licensed chemical waste collectors. Anyone engaging in the collection, storage and disposal of chemical waste must obtain a license from the EPD and strictly comply with requirements of the regulations.
More information about the control of chemical waste is available on the EPD’s website:www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/waste/guide_ref/guide_cwc.html.
Ends/Thursday, March 3, 2016
Issued at HKT 15:30