BLOG – Sai Kung Country Park ‘Trashed’ as HK Clean-Up Kicks Off 4


Hong Wrong reader Semirah contacted the blog to share pictures of a BBQ site in Sai Kung Country Park taken on Friday…

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This was the scene at Tai Mong Tsai BBQ site…

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There is a fixed penalty fine of HK$1500 for littering, but it is unlikely enforcement officers would be patrolling a rural country park…

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via ‘vikingman’ on Flickr

Each day, we throw away over 16,000 tonnes of trash – including an estimated 1,368,000 disposable plastic bottles, 1,000 tonnes of plastic bags and countless more tonnes of plastic wrapping and packaging.  Despite the heavy penalties, littering remains a problem city-wide…

Tonnes of rubbish often end up on HK’s beaches. To combat the issue, the 13th annual HK Clean Up kicked off yesterday with volunteers meeting up to clear badly affected areas. Last year 39,098 volunteers collected and counted 105,507kg of trash, cleaning up over 637km of Hong Kong’s coastlines, hiking trails and urban areas.

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It is likely that Supertyphoon Usagi will dredge up tonnes of trash from the bottom of the sea, a prospect that prompted HK Cleanup to appeal for more clean-up teams to sign up.

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Debris deposited on a beach by Typhoon Utor in 2011

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  • plasticvicar

    The litter situation was actually getting better at around the middle of last decade but the recent influx of mostly mainland tour groups and residents seems to have completely reversed this trend, a real shame tbh.

    • John Croft

      Too easy to blame everything on mainlanders. This is a HK problem …… and the young generation are as equally to blame as anyone else. They have got so used to people cleaning up for them and have absolutely zero sense of social responsibility.

  • plasticvicar

    The litter situation was actually getting better at around the middle of last decade but the recent influx of mostly mainland tour groups and residents seems to have completely reversed this trend, a real shame tbh.

    • John Croft

      Too easy to blame everything on mainlanders. This is a HK problem …… and the young generation are as equally to blame as anyone else. They have got so used to people cleaning up for them and have absolutely zero sense of social responsibility.