Plastic items such as bottles and packages make up the biggest part of marine garbage found along a rocky beach in Cape D’Aguilar in Shek O, the Apple Daily reported Monday, citing the World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong.
The WWF Hong Kong recently found a garbage point near a radio station at Cape D’Aguilar. The 120-meter-long beach was fully covered with garbage, including foam rubber, plastic bottles and fishing nets, the newspaper said.
A survey conducted by the group estimated that there were about 12 million pieces of garbage weighing an estimated 185 tons along the beach.
At least 46 four-ton garbage trucks have been arranged to clear the mountains of trash, WWF said.
Volunteers mobilized by the group found that 89 percent of the garbage consisted of plastics, 6.1 percent rubber and 3.7 percent wood.
They were able to collect 2,064 plastic bottles in just 30 minutes, reflecting the high density of garbage on the rocky beach.
Among the refuse were drink packages and straws, which by their appearance may have been mistaken for food and partially eaten by marine creatures, the newspaper said.
A volunteer surnamed Chan said he felt sad to see so much garbage along the coast, most of which was discarded by local residents.
He urged the residents to show their responsibility for the environment by clearing the debris along the beach.
Meanwhile, wind coming from the east was also bringing garbage from the sea, the WWF said.
The organization urged authorities to make regular patrols along the coast and increase the number of garbage collection facilities along the beach, the report said.
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