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Hong Kong intercepts five cases of illegal import of hazardous waste by sea

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 1, 2020
Four importers, namely Vannex International Limited, Lutianyuan Trading Limited, Ming Will Disposal and Collect Limited and Ying Fung Plastic Co, were involved in five cases of illegal import of hazardous waste from Canada, Japan and Vietnam.
Ming Will Disposal and Collect
Hazardous   Ming Will Disposal and Collect
The four importers were convicted and fined a total of $80,000 at Fanling Magistrates' Courts for contravening the Waste Disposal Ordinance (WDO).

Topics: Hong Kong waste

An Environmental Protection Department (EPD) spokesman said, from September to December last year, with the assistance of the Customs and Excise Department (C&ED), enforcement officers of the EPD successfully intercepted around 90 tonnes of municipal waste and around 39 tonnes of waste toner cartridges, which are classified as hazardous waste, illegally entering Hong Kong during the inspections of eight sea containers at the Kwai Chung Container Terminals.

The EPD immediately returned all the intercepted municipal waste and hazardous waste to the places of origin and notified the local enforcement authorities concerned about the return shipments.

The EPD also instituted prosecutions against the four importers under the WDO.

The EPD spokesman added that to further strengthen the interception of waste of various types entering Hong Kong illegally through different channels, in recent years the EPD has been reinforcing its exchanges of intelligence and collaborations with the C and ED and nearby countries as well as regions to carry out analyses and random inspections of suspected container shipments of waste illegally importing into or exporting from Hong Kong based on a risk-assessment approach, with a view to enhancing the enforcement effectiveness.

First time offenders are liable to a maximum fine of $200,000 and six months' imprisonment. For subsequent offences, offenders are liable to a fine of $500,000 and two years' imprisonment.