RVM Pilot Scheme
To pave way for the future Producer Responsibility Scheme on Plastic Beverage Containers (PPRS), the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) rolled out a one-year RVM Pilot Scheme in the first quarter of 2021 to test out the application of RVMs in Hong Kong. Under the pilot scheme, the EPD has installed 60 RVMs in phases at locations such as public places or government facilities with suitable foot traffic, and provides an instant rebate ($0.1 per plastic beverage container) via e-payment platform to encourage the public to return used plastic beverage containers. Members of the public may return a daily maximum of 30 containers and redeem the rebate for each Octopus card or Alipay (Hong Kong) account held. They may also choose to donate the rebate (no daily limit imposed) to designated charities (the Community Chest, the Scout Association of Hong Kong or the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association) to benefit the community. All the plastic beverage containers collected would be delivered to suitable local recyclers, as arranged by the Government-appointed contractor, to ensure proper recycling. First batch of RVMs has put into service since January, 2021.