Beach Clean-up a “Show”

HK Magazine - - NEWS -

On July 10, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Le­ung Chun-ying and around 60 of­fi­cials and work­ers col­lected about 1,350kg of rub­bish on man­groves and shore­lines along Shui Hau in South Lan­tau—but not be­fore clean­ers hired by the gov­ern­ment did some pre­lim­i­nary work. Ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple Daily, prior to the ar­rival of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, Food and En­vi­ron­men­tal Hy­giene Depart­ment staff ar­ranged piles of rub­bish on the grass­land for the of­fi­cials to pick up. Ac­tivists dis­missed the clean-up as a “show.” The gov­ern­ment re­ported a six to ten­fold in­crease in rub­bish at some beaches over the past three weeks com­pared with the same pe­riod last year. It is be­lieved that heavy rain and flood­ing in the Pearl River Delta have caused rub­bish to wash up on Hong Kong shores— an is­sue the CE says the gov­ern­ment will be look­ing into.

Our take: CY’s got more to clean up than the beaches.

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