The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) today (5 August) announced a
new service schedule of the two “Coin Carts” under the Coin Collection
Programme, for the period of 29 August 2022 up to 30 October 2022. The
schedule and other details of the Programme are shown on the HKMA
webpage (coincollection. hkma. gov. hk).
Since the launch of
the Programme in October 2014 up to 31 July 2022, the two Coin Carts
had carried out 969,000 transactions, collecting 779 million coins
with a total face value of HK$ 1,193 million during the period. The
collected coins are re-circulated to meet demand.
Carts provide service at locations that are convenient to the public
without affecting the normal flow of traffic and pedestrians.
Locations that have suitable power supply facilities, such as the
Leisure and Cultural Services Department mobile library service
locations, are preferred so as to reduce the need for using the Coin
Carts’ own stand-by generators. This makes the Programme more
environmentally friendly. In selecting the service locations, the HKMA
has taken into consideration comments and suggestions given by
district councils and members of public; and has consulted the
Transport Department and the Hong Kong Police Force as necessary.
The two Coin Carts collect coins from members of public in the
18 districts of Hong Kong on a rotating basis. Under normal
circumstances each Coin Cart will stay at a location for a week,
subject to availability of the parking space and the maintenance
schedule of the Cart. Service hours are from 10 a. m. to 7 p. m. Each
vehicle is equipped with two coin counting machines and operational
staff will be present to provide assistance. An electrical wheelchair
lift is available for use. Users can choose to exchange coins for
banknotes or adding value to their stored value facilities, such as
Octopus Cards or e-wallets (including AlipayHK, Octopus Wallet,
Tap&Go;, TNG Wallet and WeChat Pay). There is also a Community Chest
donation box inside each vehicle. The coin collection service is free
The HKMA will review the Programme from time and
time; and will regularly update the service schedule to give advance
notice to the public. Hong Kong Monetary Authority 5 August 2022
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