Hong Kong food and hygiene authorities are stepping up a campaign to keep Central’s Soho district clean.
Inspectors have been doing daily surprise checks during late nights and early mornings in Gage Street, Lan Kwai Fong and Li Yuen Street West, Sky Post reported Monday.
They have been telling operators of bars and restaurants to keep garbage off the streets.
The stepped-up campaign follows complaints about illegal dumping of waste in these areas.
Bars and restaurants normally outsource waste disposal to contractors and individual collectors.
However, some of the garbage ends up in back alleys and sidewalks where they accumulate for days, the report said.
Other businesses in the area have been trying to stop the practice by posting notices, saying they are fed up with the trash.
District councilor Hui Chi-fung said the problem began two years ago in Peel Street before the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) took action.
In the past five years, there have been more than 100 complaints, he said, adding the problem keeps recurring in Gage Street and Li Yuen Street West.
FEHD has prosecuted five cases in the past two years and issued 17 fixed penalty notices.
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