Environment authorities of Hong Kong and Japan collaborate to combat illegal import and export of chemical waste

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD), through cross-border collaboration, successfully prosecuted two exporters for illegal export of two containers of waste printed circuit boards (PCBs), which are classified as chemical waste, to Japan. The two exporters were fined a total of $16,000 by Fanling Magistrates' Courts today (October 17) for contravening the Waste Disposal Ordinance (WDO). An EPD spokesman said that in March and April this year, the department and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan detected suspicious shipments of hazardous waste from Hong Kong to Japan. Upon thorough investigation and evidence collection, the EPD successfully prosecuted two cases of illegal export of some 11 tonnes of waste PCBs, which were under the control of chemical waste, to Japan.



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