Hong Kong has seven ordinances on pollution control. They are the Waste
Disposal Ordinance, the Water Pollution Control Ordinance, the Air Pollution Control
Ordinance, the Noise Control Ordinance, the Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance, the
Dumping at Sea Ordinance and the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance.
Most of them have subsidiary regulations and other statutory provisions such as
The Government follows a set of environmental quality objectives to better
protect public health and to preserve a natural ecosystem. The cost of imposing limits
on polluting emissions is not higher than is needed to achieve conservation goals.
These goals include making maximum use of the environment's natural capacity to
absorb and recycle waste.
In 2006, EPD inspectors made nearly 57 050 visits to different places around
Hong Kong to enforce controls on air, noise, waste and water pollution and to deal
with complaints about pollution. This resulted in 341 prosecutions and nearly $3.3
million in fines.
The EPD also works with the construction industry, the catering industry, the
vehicle repair industry, the property management sector and other trades to promote
good environmental practices and compliance with pollution control regulations.
The EPD runs a Compliance Assistance Centre (CAC), where different businesses
may obtain updated information and advice on environmental compliance, pollution
prevention and environmental management.