Campers on Bund leave trash be­hind

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

area, on Wed­nes­day.

Un­der the city’s rules, cer­tain ac­tiv­i­ties on the Bund are pro­hib­ited — ly­ing down, sleep­ing, build­ing things or pil­ing up ob­jects that ham­per sight­see­ing.

“Many of the nap­ping ci­ti­zens or vis­i­tors don’t know the reg­u­la­tions,” said a man who said he was af­fil­i­ated with the scenic area man­age­ment com­mit­tee. He did not give his name. “Af­ter we in­ten­si­fied our mes­sage, most peo­ple un­der­stood and agreed not to sleep on the Bund.”

He said the po­lice, se­cu­rity guards and ur­ban pa­trol of­fi­cers have in­creased pa­trols to re­mind peo­ple of the rules. Loud­speak­ers also blast out in­for­ma­tion for vis­i­tors. The au­thor­i­ties will not re­move peo­ple by force, he added.

The nap­pers and campers have in­creased the work­load of san­i­ta­tion work­ers, he said.

Ji Jin­biao, a san­i­ta­tion worker who works from 5 am to 2 pm ev­ery day at a Bund sec­tion near a statue of Chen Yi, Shang­hai’s first mayor af­ter the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China, said the quan­tity of trash has in­creased sub­stan­tially re­cently and comes mostly from campers. The rub­bish in­cludes bev­er­age con­tain­ers, plas­tic bags and a va­ri­ety of other house­hold refuse, Ji said.

“Many vis­i­tors don’t want to leave at night be­cause the en­vi­ron­ment is very com­fort­able. They have a right to do it, and the only thing I can do is to clean up af­ter they have gone,” Ji said. “It is tough to clean up, ac­tu­ally.”

He Qi con­trib­uted to this story.

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