Decluttering or moving to a new place? Consider recycling your pre-loved items with this quick directory.
It is no denying that the speed of our modern lives has a huge impact on our desire for convenience. This has in turn influenced the level of our consumption which comes at a great cost on our environment.
To help each of us do our part to minimise waste we have gathered a list of locations and organisations where you can donate and recycle your general waste, books, once loved clothes, or even electronics!
There are designated waste separation bins in every neighbourhood in Hong Kong. These bins separate waste into categories like glass, paper, metal, and plastic to make them easier to be recycled. To search for the closest waste separation bins near you, simply filter this list provided by the Environmental Protection Department to your district. If you live in a big residential complex, chances are there might be a recycling corner within your building.
While it's easy to find recycling bins around the neighbourhood for general wastes, it is a bit tougher to decide what to do with old books that you no longer want but can hardly consider as waste.
Three options we recommend are to donate them to secondhand bookstores, relevant charity organisations or if you are a Hmlet member, to share them with the community in Hmlet's free library!
BooksMart accepts donation of English books for resell as secondhand books for inexpensive prices. Their shopfront is quite small so it is advised to email the list of books you would like to donate or are looking for to them first.
Website | Marvel Industrial Building, 17-23 Kwai Fung Crescent, Kwai Fong
Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth
HKFHY is a government charitable organisation aiming to help young people with disabilities on aspects including education, employment and welfare. They charity accepts donation of stationary and books suitable for children's development.
Website | No. 16-21, G/F, Wang Kei House, Wang Tau Hom Estate
Hmlet Free Library
If you are a Hmlet member in Hong Kong, we have recently set up a free library on our Zion rooftop to encourage sharing economy and bonding within our community over the love of reading! Check out what your neighbours are reading and share your thoughts in our little bookclub!
Website | 189 Portland Street, Mong Kok
For a lot of us, clothes are something we want to buy more and more off. If you find it hard to stop cold turkey, challenge yourself with this – discard some of your old clothes before getting new ones. Here are some ideas of where you can do so!
Launched in 2003, Christian Action is a social enterprise with a focus on sustainability and environmental protection. The organisation accepts clothes donation at over 60 collection points around Hong Kong under their Green Collection Programme. Donated clothes are sold at Community Sales Outlets or distributed to under privilege communities or exported to developing countries.
Website | 55 Clear Water Bay Road, Choi Wan (2) Estate, Kowloon
Green Ladies & Green Little
Green Ladies and Green Little welcomes high quality secondhand clothes, accessories and shoes for women and kids. The organisation then sells these items in their stores in Wan Chai, Sai Ying Pun and Tsuen Wan and offer up to 30% of the selling price as rebate to the consignors. Apart from promoting sustainability through reusing, Green Ladies also support middle-aged women by giving them job opportunities in their stores.
Website | Shop 8-9, 302-308 Hennessy Road, Wanchai
Redress is a charity organisation with a mission to reduce fashion-generated carbon footprints by transforming textile waste to catalyse a circular economy. Redress partners with high street fashion brands like Zara and Pull&Bear to set up collection boxes. Collected items are either resold, donated to charity partners, up-cycle or down-cycle as RPF fuel pellets.
Website | 78 Ap Liu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Properly disposing of rechargeable batteries is not only crucial in protecting the environment from hazardous chemicals inside the batteries but also allows valuable materials such as magnetic alloy and stainless steel to be reused in making other products.
Realising the importance of recycling rechargeable batteries, the Hong Kong government has set up Rechargeable Battery Recycling Programme (RBRP) since 2005. Under this programme, over 650 public collection points were set up in convenient locations like inside the MTR or at convenience stores.
Since 2016, around 240 McDonald's restaurants joined the RBRP to increase the number of collection points in Hong Kong. Therefore, if you are a frequent McD visitor or live nearby one you can also ask the branch manager whether the branch offers rechargeable batteries recycling service.
In an effort to combat electronic waste, the Hong Kong government runs an E-waste Collection Vehicle project which aims to make the disposal of larger electronic items like air conditioners, refrigerators, and televisions more convenient for the public. The vehicle runs through 18 districts on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm on a roster basis which can be found here.
However, if you are looking to donate functioning electronics like laptops, speakers, and printers, there are many organisations that will be more than happy to take them off your hands, including:
- Salvation Army: Christian charity that raises money through the sales of donated items to support other charity programmes.
- Remar Hong Kong: Christian charity dedicated to helping drug addicts and homeless people.
- Refugee Union: Refugee-led society fighting to safeguard refugee rights and to improve the protection, wellbeing, and prospects of refugees in Hong Kong.
- Po Leung Kuk: Social service organisation and fundraiser aiming to improve the welfare and education of the community at all ages.
The best approach to a more sustainable life is in reducing the amount that you consume. Whether that's food, clothing or plastics. Most importantly, living a sustainable life looks different on everybody, so you do you.
We've also written some tips for a more eco-friendly home that might pique your interest.