Date
24 October 2017
Celia Fung shows the discarded tent filled with rubbish left behind by irresponsible campers. Photo: Facebook/Celia Fung
Celia Fung shows the discarded tent filled with rubbish left behind by irresponsible campers. Photo: Facebook/Celia Fung

Revolting sight at Tai Mo Shan: hikers leave litter behind

A group of hikers found a discarded tent filled with rubbish at Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest peak.

Horrified that some hikers could be so irresponsible as to leave their litter behind, the group decided to take the tent and all the garbage in it downhill to dispose of properly, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Netizen Celia Fung, a member of the group, posted a minute-long video of the disgusting discovery on her Facebook page.

The tent contained a camping lamp, lunch boxes, spoons and other garbage weighing around 10 kg.

Reacting to the feed, many netizens condemned the people who left the litter behind, saying the culprits displayed their lack of basic human decency and respect for the environment.

According to Apple Daily, Fung and her companions spent over 20 minutes to clear up the mess and then carried the load to a refuse collection point.

Fung said the group found among the litter a card bearing the name “L Wan”. Apparently, it’s a membership card for an internet cafe.

Fung, who is active in promoting waste reduction and recycling, said she was particularly furious about the huge amount of rubbish being left behind on the hiking trail.

In a related development, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said the amount of rubbish at country parks and hiking trails has been reduced by 72 to 97 percent during the initial 10-month implementation of its Take Your Litter Home campaign, which was launched in September last year, Ming Pao Daily reported.

On the Ma On Shan Country Trail alone, the amount of garbage collected has dropped to under 50 kg per month, from 200-250 kg before the program was launched.

The second phase of the campaign, which started in September this year, will see half of the 513 rubbish bins and refuse collection points along the city’s 60 country trails removed, the report said.

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