Date
20 July 2017
Medical waste flowing into Hong Kong waters from mainland China is a growing concern, says a non-governmental organization. Credit: Facebook/Plastic Free Seas, Twitter/Richard Pyne
Medical waste flowing into Hong Kong waters from mainland China is a growing concern, says a non-governmental organization. Credit: Facebook/Plastic Free Seas, Twitter/Richard Pyne

Mainland medical waste found at Lantau beach

Lantau Island has seen large amounts of medical waste wash up on a beach, posing a health risk to local residents, according to a concern group.

The medical waste is believed to have originated in China’s Gaungdong province, RTHK cited non-governmental organization Designing Hong Kong and Plastic Free Seas as saying.

The group said it spotted potentially poisonous and hazardous waste such as syringes, vials and pills at Sam Pak Wan in Discovery Bay.

The markings on them indicate that they came from the mainland.

The group has submitted waste samples to the Environmental Protection Department, urging it to investigate the matter.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said over the weekend that he will take up with Guandong authorities the issue of marine trash flowing into Hong Kong.

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