Date
28 July 2017
A trial scheme has shown that a reduction in garbage bins in country parks will help reduce the trash left behind by hikers. Photo: HK Govt
A trial scheme has shown that a reduction in garbage bins in country parks will help reduce the trash left behind by hikers. Photo: HK Govt

More trash bins to be gone from hiking trails

The government will remove more trash bins from hiking trails as part of efforts to promote waste reduction and nurture a green culture among the public.   

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said it is encouraged by the success of a trial scheme launched last year that saw waste bins removed along some trails.

The trial program has proved that a reduction in trash bins can help cut down the amount of garbage left behind by hikers, the department said.

The AFCD was referring to the “Take Your Litter Home” initiative that was launched in September 2015. Under the program, authorities removed some trash bins along five trails in country parks.

The move led to a significant reduction in the garbage left on those trails, indicating that the plan has worked.

Encouraged by the results, the AFCD has decided to extend the scheme to 27 more trails from September, including 13 family walks and 14 natural trails.

At the same time, one in four trash bins on the remaining 40 trails, including 31 country trails, four long trails and five historic or relics trails, will also be removed, news website hk01.com reported.

The efforts will see half of the trash bins on all of the hiking trails gone as a result.

The government noted that removal of the trash bins can not only aid in reducing garbage, it can also help ensure that wild animals do not look to waste bins for food.

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