Date
21 October 2018
A video clip being shared online shows a cleaning services worker picking up a bag of trash along a waterfront and dumping it into the sea. Photo: Facebook
A video clip being shared online shows a cleaning services worker picking up a bag of trash along a waterfront and dumping it into the sea. Photo: Facebook

FEHD launches probe after worker caught dumping trash into sea

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) said on Monday that it has launched an investigation after a person suspected to be working for a cleaning services contractor was caught on camera throwing trash into the ocean.

In a video clip that began to circulate online earlier that day, a male worker can be seen picking up a bag of trash along the waterfront and dumping it into the sea.

The offense took place in Wong Chuk Hang at around 8:30 am, according to a person who posted the clip online after allegedly witnessing the incident and filming it, hk01.com reports.

In a message accompanying the clip, the netizen noted sarcastically that this is how the FEHD appears to be handling trash. Given such waste disposal methods, it is no wonder that Hong Kong waters have become so smelly, the person added.

In response to an inquiry, a spokesperson for the FEHD said the act seen in the clip was a very serious offense.

The department will consider issuing a penalty ticket to the trash-thrower and also a default notice to the contractor asking it to remove any worker who doesn’t do his duties properly, if sufficient evidence is gathered, the spokesperson said.

The person added that the FEHD is always vigilant as to how the outsourced cleaning service contractors’ workers do their jobs. He stressed that the department deploys staff to conduct patrolling and surprise inspections to check the workers’ performance regularly to ensure that the contractors are providing the services according to the contract.

If a contractor’s work fails to meet the standards stipulated in the contract, the FEHD will take appropriate measures, including giving verbal warnings, written warnings and default notices as well as deducting monthly fees paid to them, the spokesperson said.

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