Objective
Details of the Scheme
Locations of "Community Used Clothes Recycling Bank"
Application for operating the "Community Used Clothes Recycling Bank"
Other Legitimate Used Clothes Collection Channels
Press Releases

Objective

"Community Used Clothes Recycling Bank" is a community participation scheme (the Scheme) launched by the Home Affairs Department (HAD). The Scheme facilitates the public to donate used clothes in support of environmental protection and charities.

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Details of the Scheme

The Scheme is a partnership of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Government and District Councils (DCs). HAD's role in the Scheme includes :-

 
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to fund the used clothes recycling banks (the banks) for the Scheme;

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to identify in consultation with the relevant DCs and other parties concerned potential off-street sites for placing the banks;

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to promote the Scheme, as well as other legitimate used clothes collection channels; and

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to appoint and monitor the performance of Scheme Managers.

 

To enhance the involvement of NGOs, HAD has appointed four organizations with good track records in used clothes collection to be Scheme Managers through an open invitation and evaluation process.

 

The Scheme Managers have to purchase and deliver the banks to the designated locations as instructed by HAD. They also have to ensure the smooth and continuous operation of all banks in the districts under their management, including prompt clearance of the banks to avoid environmental nuisance. Apart from operating the banks themselves, the Scheme Managers have to make available no less than 50% of the banks to other interested organizations in an open and fair manner. Other duties of the Scheme Managers include:

 
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to deal with all matters related to the Scheme, including the provision of a telephone enquiry service for handling enquiries and complaints from the District Offices, other non-profit making organizations, management bodies/agents of the concerned sites as well as the public.

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to liaise and collaborate with the management bodies/agents of the concerned sites to ensure effective operation of the banks.

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to carry out timely repair or replacement of the banks in cases of damage and graffiti, so that the operation of the banks will not be disrupted.

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to monitor the performances of other participating organizations and provide assistance to them where necessary.

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to follow the instructions of the relevant District Officers on the operation of the Scheme and submit a report to the District Officers within one month after the end of each quarter.

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to assume all risks related to the banks under their management and take out third party insurance with a liability coverage of not less than HK$10 million in aggregate.


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Locations of "Community Used Clothes Recycling Bank"

Suitable sites identified by the relevant District Offices (DOs) for placing the banks include entrances of community halls/community centres, sitting-out areas, parks, sports centres, libraries, and with the agreement of owners' corporations/property management agents, common parts of private buildings/commercial centres. Please download the list of sites or approach the responsible Scheme Managers, for location details of the "Community Used Clothes Recycling Bank". The current Scheme Managers are Friends of the Earth (Hong Kong), Christian Action, Salvation Army and Conservancy Association.

Responsible Scheme Manager District
Friends of the Earth (Hong Kong) Central & Western District
Eastern District
Wan Chai District
Southern District
Islands District
Christian Action Sham Shui Po District
Kwun Tong District
Kowloon City District
Yau Tsim Mong District
Wong Tai Sin District
Salvation Army Tsuen Wan District
Kwai Tsing District
Yuen Long District
Tuen Mun District
Conservancy Association Sai Kung District
North District
Tai Po District
Sha Tin District


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Application for operating the "Community Used Clothes Recycling Bank"

Only approved charitable institutions and trust of a public character under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance which have been operating for at least one year are eligible to operate the banks.

Interested organizations should approach the respective Scheme Manager direct. Participating organizations may operate the banks during the allocated period on their own or seek assistance from the Scheme Manager in the daily operation of the banks (e.g. transportation, sorting, processing and disposal of used clothes).

Contact information of the Scheme Managers is as follows:

District Responsible Scheme Manager
Central & Western District
Eastern District
Wan Chai District
Southern District
Islands District
Friends of the Earth (Hong Kong)
Tel. : 2528 5588
  (Operating time : 09:30 - 18:00)
Fax : 2529 2777
Address : Unit 1301-1302, 13/F, Block A, Sea View Estate, 2 Watson Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Sham Shui Po District
Kwun Tong District
Kowloon City District
Yau Tsim Mong District
Wong Tai Sin District
Christian Action
Tel. : 2456 2220
  (Operating time : 09:00 - 17:30)
Fax : 2718 6998
Address : New Horizons Building, 2 Kwun Tong Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tsuen Wan District
Kwai Tsing District
Yuen Long District
Tuen Mun District
Salvation Army
Tel. : 2332 4433
  (Operating time : 09:00 - 17:00)
Fax : 2332 4411
Address : 7/F, Tat Ming Industrial Building, 44-52 Ta Chuen Ping Street, Kwai Chung, N.T.
Sai Kung District
North District
Tai Po District
Sha Tin District
Conservancy Association
Tel. : 2728 6781
  (Operating time : Monday to Thursday: 09:15 - 13:00, 14:00 - 18:00
Friday: 09:15 - 13:00, 14:00 - 18:15)
Fax : 2728 5538
Address : Unit 102, 1/F, Park Building, 476 Castle Peak Road, Kowloon, H.K.


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Other Legitimate Used Clothes Collection Channels

Apart from "Community Used Clothes Recycling Bank", there are many other legitimate used clothes collection channels provided by non-profit making organizations and commercial operators. We encourage members of the community to make use of these channels in support of environmental protection. You may wish to refer to the following website for more information on other clothes recycling channels:
http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/waste/guide_ref/guide_ref_dwc.html

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Press Releases

LCQ18:Used clothes collection cages (14.3.2007)

Home Affairs launches the "Community Used Clothes Recycling Bank" Scheme (14.8.2006)

New approach to tackle on-street clothes cages (26.6.2006)

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