Environmental groups in Hong Kong launched a campaign Monday to encourage people not to leave any garbage behind when they visit the local country parks.
In a joint initiative, five green groups called on citizens to take their garbage out with them and make the parks litter-free, Sing Tao Daily reported.
The move came after data from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) showed that some 3,800 metric tons of trash was collected last year from bins and as litter in country parks.
The trash included plastics and other materials that could endanger the ecological environment.
On average, visitors to the country parks produced about 320 grams of waste each, equivalent to 40 plastic bags or 11 plastic bottles, according to the AFCD.
Tang Chin-cheung, chairman of Ecobus, a green group that is participating in the campaign, said Shing Mun Reservoir, Kam Shan and Po Toi Island are among the country parks that have been hit the most by garbage.
Chu Hon-keung, another environmental activist, said the huge amount of garbage in country parks is a reflection of the lack of environmental awareness among citizens.
The AFCD should reduce the number of trash bins in the country parks as the facilities may be encouraging people to leave garbage, he said, while also urging the authorities to enhance public education.
To help cut down the amount of garbage, a member of the green group Actions for Pleasant Nature has advised country park visitors to bring five things with them — recyclable water bottles, handkerchiefs, reusable bags, cutlery boxes and portable ashtrays.
The green groups plan to launch a garbage-cleaning campaign from June to September in country parks and other areas. They will also conduct surveys to analyze weight and types of garbage before submitting the results to authorities for possible remedial measures.
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